New Federal Law Could Mean Less Use Of Foster Care, But More Reliance On Foster Families.
Published: May-June 2018
Fostering Families Today
Vol. 18, No. 2 , p. 12-13
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This article explains provisions that were included in a short-term spending bill that offers new money to States to help avoid the use of foster care when other interventions might keep a family safe and together. The Family First Prevention Services Act allows State child welfare systems to spend federal child welfare funds on services the system believes make it safe to keep a family together while a parent gets help, puts a two-week limit on federal support for group homes, removes the limit for funding of reunification services and allows federal help in the 15 months after a child comes home, and requires the federal government design model standards for a licensed foster home by October of 2018.
child welfare laws; federal laws; group homes; child welfare reform; family reunification; State federal aid; standards; LICENSING; FOSTER HOMES