NACAC – Adoption and Foster Care Conference – July 18-20, 2019, Las Vegas, NV

Do you know people who have been touched by adoption and foster care? 
Help parents and caregivers, child welfare professionals, prospective adopters, advocates, and adoptees, better support children by inviting them to NACAC’s 2019 adoption and foster care conference! Register for NACAC’s three days of expert presentations on adoption and foster-care related issues. Download the pdf here.

Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program Guest Lecture by Deborah Dentler “Child Welfare: Foster Care System Reform”

Watch the video recorded lecture “Child Welfare: Foster Care System Reform” by Deborah Dentler on February 8th, 2018.

Click on the title for a link to the video and more details.

Guest speakers include Deborah Dentler, Attorney, Law Office of Deborah Dentler, Garrett Therolf, Senior Investigative Reporter, University of California, Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program and Common Sense Media, and Mark Hamlin, HLS ’16, Associate Attorney, Baker Botts LLP.

CHAMPS – Children Need Amazing Parents – Launch Communications Toolkit

CHAMPS campaign advocates for the amazing parents that help foster children recover from trauma, grow, and flourish.

This toolkit provides sample Facebook posts, social media images, tweets and a blurb for a newsletter.

Click here for a link CHAMPS Facebook page.

Click here for the communications toolkit.

Breaking News: 4 L.A. County social workers to stand trial in horrific death of 8-year-old boy

When a county child welfare agency fails to protect a child like Gabriel, there is actually a legal mechanism available to all of us to challenge the county’s decision and bring a child at risk directly to the attention of the juvenile court.  His teacher could have filed a simple court form called the JV-210 and asked the juvenile court judge to review the county’s decision not to take protective action, see the form and details here.   The JV-210 form should be something every foster parent, teach, and child advocate knows how to use.  Next time a teacher’s or any child advocate’s concerns fall on deaf ears, ;et’s hope they know that they can file a JV-210 to ask the judge to review a county welfare agency decision.
Los Angeles Times
BREAKING NEWS ALERT
March 20, 2017

A Los Angeles County judge ruled today that four social workers should stand trial on charges of criminal negligence in the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy they were charged with protecting, allowing prosecutors to push ahead with a case that has sent a chill through the ranks of child protection workers nationwide..

Read the complete article here.

California Law to Close Group Homes Stresses Importance of Family for Every Foster Kid

In 2017, California’s group homes will be shutting down— or changing, at the very least — in the wake of new legislation passed in September 2015. The measure aims to move the state’s foster care system toward encouraging family-based placements for all foster children.

Critics of the bill argue that closing group homes will hurt kids in a system that already suffers from too few foster care beds, and that tough-to-place kids who may have behavioral issues but don’t meet the “clinical need” qualifications will be especially affected.  Read more here.

Improving Care for Foster Children

Jessica, my first foster child, whom I last saw 14 years ago, emailed me out of the blue. She was barely nine then, and I was surprised to hear from her as I had never given her my email address.

My husband and I had thought of Jessica and her younger sister Nicole many times since they left our home in 2002 to be reunified with their family. Jessica (8 years old at time of placement) and her sister Nicole (18 months) were our first foster children, as well as the first children we ever parented. (Read more here.) Article by Shannon Hernandez, American Bar Association.

Plaintiff in landmark lawsuit against DCFS adopts her foster child on National Adoption Day

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The voice of foster kids

 LA Times Logo150xfxJim Newton reports for the Los Angeles Times on the foster care system and why the county should include foster parents in decisions about the children in their care. Deborah Dentler discusses the grievance procedure for foster parents. Read the complete article here.

LA county’s crisis: recruitment of foster parents

L.A. County is in an unusual predicament. Traditionally, the county’s foster care system has struggled with a shortage of homes for children who are older and with medical and mental health needs. But just this past year, system workers have noticed a shift: suddenly, there’s a shortage of beds for the system’s babies and toddlers. Read the full article posted by SCPR here.

AdoptUSKids Celebrates 20,000 Children Placed With Adoptive Families

20000kidsFor children in foster care available for adoption, and for whom no adoptive family has been identified, the AdoptUSKids national photolisting website serves as a tool for connecting their caseworkers with prospective adoptive families. Over the last decade, 20,000 children previously photolisted on AdoptUSKids have been placed with adoptive families. AdoptUSKids is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Administration for Children and Families. See the full-size Infographic for AdoptUSKids Celebrating 20,000 Children Placed With Adoptive Families.