Thursday, August 4, 2011

Promoting Excellence and Accountability in Child Welfare

A new bill was recently introduced by Senator Ron Wyden aimed at helping states continue their efforts to prevent youth from entering foster care and to lessen the time a child spends in the system, while also encouraging strengthened support services to children and youth so they do not fall behind their peers. The bill provides states with the flexibility to determine the specific methods through which improved outcomes for children and youth will be achieved, based on best practices and in collaboration with foster parents, biological parents, kinship caregivers and youth. The aim of the proposed intervention is not only to protect children, but to help contribute to their current and future well-being.

For information on the bill visit

For state policy strategies to ensure children grow up in safe, supportive and economically successful families visit