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May is Foster Care Month - Practice in Children, Youth and Families
Strengthening Health Outcomes for Foster Care Children
A 2013 University of Wisconsin study looked at risk of foster children to have untreated and undiagnosed chronic and acute health conditions.
Practice in Child Welfare
How to Screen Adoptive and Foster Parents
By James L. Dickerson, Mardi Allen, and Daniel Pollack
This publication offers guidance to social workers on how to ensure prospective adoptive and foster parents are capable of caring for children and teenagers. It includes steps needed to ensure a proper home study and to detect signs an applicant could be a child predator.
NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Child Welfare
This tool for social work practice in the child welfare sector includes guidance on family preservation and support, out-of-home care, family foster care and child day care, among other topics.
The Children’s Bureau: Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs and Policies
By Katharine Briar-Lawson, Mary McCarthy, and Nancy Dickinson
Social workers launched the Children’s Bureau in 1912 and this book looks at how that agency has influenced child welfare policy over the past century.
Almost one third of foster children (28 percent) lived in relative’s home while almost half (47 percent) were placed with a non-relative family.
Only 9% of foster children lived in institutions and just 6% in group homes.
53 percent of foster children had a goal of reuniting with their birth families.
About half of the children who left foster care in fiscal year 2012 were discharged to be reunited with birth parents or some other primary caretaker.
Four percent of foster children lived in homes where the foster parents planned to adopt them.
23,439 children in 2012 aged out of foster care without permanent family connections, an almost 11 percent decrease from the previous year.
The percentage of male and female children in foster care is about equal (52 percent male versus 48 percent female).
42 percent of children in foster care were white as of September 30, 2012; 26 percent African American; 21 percent Hispanic of any race; 9 percent of another race or multiracial; and 3 percent of undetermined race (numbers do not add up to 100 percent due to rounding).
Source: Department of Health and Human Services