Tag Archives: support

Building Successful Resource Families: A Guide for Public Agencies

Annie E. Casey Foundation: The Foundation recognizes the critical role played by resource families who often function as a bridge to reunification, kinship care or adoption. In many instances, resource families have not received the institutional support needed to ensure that a pool of appropriate families is available to serve children in need in a given community. We have worked with jurisdictions in which 25 percent of resource families discontinue providing foster care each year, and estimates indicate that 40 percent of the families who leave foster parenting do so primarily because of inadequate agency support. We have partnered with national experts in designing systems to recruit, develop and support resource families. The goal of this guide is to leverage our experience with different jurisdictions by sharing information and encouraging the use of best practices in working with resource families. Link to pdf Guide; Link to AECF Web Page Guide

Michigan College Support Guide for Foster Care Alumni

This guide is for by anyone who is interested in learning more about programming and scholarship support resources on Michigan’s higher education campuses. This includes, but is not limited to:

●   Youth and alumni of foster care

●   DHS case managers and education planners

●   Local College Access Network coordinators

●   Foster parents and caregivers

●   High school counselors and college advisors

Includes: Ferris State, Michigan State, University of Michigan and Western Michigan University. http://www.detroitcollegepromise.com/fostercare.pdf

Improving Systems That Support Kinship Care

About one-fourth of all children in out-of-home care are placed with kin, yet the report indicates many kinship caregivers are unaware of the numerous services and supports available to them or have inaccurate information about eligibility requirements. Given the Federal preference for kinship care and the potential cost savings of diverting children from foster care, the report identifies numerous ways in which States can improve supports for kinship families. “Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families,” is available on the Annie E. Casey Foundation website: Link to Kinship Care Report

Special Needs Do Not Disappear with Adoption: The Need for Post-Adoption Services

July 26-28, NACAC Conference: About 90% of the children in foster care have “special needs,” representing challenges in placing them for adoption. Specialized support and preservation services save families and benefit society. The types of post adoption services required to help many of these families clearly go beyond weekly counseling sessions; they involve:

• family therapeutic interventions with home-based service availability

• 24-hour phone support in emergencies

• advocacy for other needed services (educational, diagnostic, etc.)

• child and parent support groups

• case coordination with other professionals

• respite care

Workers providing these services need specialized training in a range of competencies and interventions. Evaluations of such programs that exist in two states document their effectiveness (Smith & Howard, 1999; Atkinson & Gonet, 2007). Link to Conference Handouts