Especially after COVID, Improved Foster Care system needed

In New York City and across America, we are implementing the biggest changes to the foster care system in more than 40 years. That’s great news for thousands of children in New York and almost half a million children across the country. And it can’t come too soon: The COVID pandemic has heaped stress on an already stressed foster care system.

The new changes, the result of the 2018 Family First Prevention Services Act, reduce the use of residential care and stipulate that when a child must be separated from his or her family, he or she be placed with well-supported foster or kin families rather than in a congregate setting. The federal government is putting significant funding behind this initiative.

Improving foster care must be a priority for all of us. We know that when children bounce through multiple foster family homes or when they languish in foster care, their life outcomes are worse…

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