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Improving Foster Care - Are Older Youth An ISSUE?
Improving Foster Care - Are Older Youth An ISSUE?
Improving Foster Care - Are Older Youth An ISSUE?
Improving Foster Care - Are Older Youth An ISSUE?
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Improving Foster Care - Are Older Youth An ISSUE?

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After the passage of the Adoptions and Safe Family Act adoptions increased but not for older children. Is being an older youth an ISSUE?

After the passage of the Adoptions and Safe Family Act adoptions increased but not for older children. Is being an older youth an ISSUE?

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  • 1. IMPROVING FOSTER CARE Are Older Youth an ISSUE ? Fragile Families NETWORK 2014 Picture from http://blog.heritage.o rg/2013/03/20/house -makes-case-for- improving-foster- care-and-adoption/
  • 2. Are older youth an ISSUE? Has foster care become a “trap door” rather than an opportunity to provide safe, stable homes for abused children of all ages? Fragile Families NETWORK 2014
  • 3. Older Children ▪ Between 1987 and 1997 there was a surge in the number of children placed into the child welfare system. ▪ The Adoption Incentives Program was created under the Adoptions and Safe Family Act (ASFA) to provide states with a financial incentives to increase adoptions. ▪ After passage of the ASFA, adoptions of younger children surpassed those of older children who were labeled “unadoptable” label because of their age and/or special needs. Fragile Families NETWORK 2014
  • 4. Aging Out of Care More than 26,000 children aged out of the foster care system in 2011. ▪ 20% did not have a high school diploma or GED ▪ Youth who aged out of care were food stamp participants - 68% girls - 42% boys Kelly Rosati of Focus on the Family Fragile Families NETWORK 2014
  • 5. Adoption More than 81 million Americans have considered adoption. If 500 adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent family. Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Fragile Families NETWORK 2014
  • 6. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Model Child Focused Recruitment Strategy The focus is on understanding each child’s history, experiences and needs in order to find an appropriate adoptive family. To learn more about this model, visit: https://www.davethomasfoundation.org/about-foster-care- adoption/research/the-model/ Fragile Families NETWORK 2014

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