Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer announced that the administration will seek a $16.5 million funding increase over two years for the Department of Children and Families. The new funds will be focused on hiring additional child welfare staff; investigative staff to help track down missing children; fingerprinting and background checks for foster care providers; and more funding for family-preservation programs to prevent at-risk children from being taken into foster care.
Michigan nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundations report 'The Road to Adulthood' contains ways caregivers and foster care professionals can improve care for children in foster care based on their developed brains. The report emphasizes that adolescents need access to opportunities for them to continue to grow and develop into productive adults.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced a first-of-its-kind foster family training retreat to help speed up the foster family training retreat to help speed up the foster family licensing process. This retreat will take place from March 9-11 and will account for 16-20 hours of the training process, training up to 200 potential foster families. Governor Raimondo is including $1.4 million in the upcoming budget to increase the daily reimbursement rates for foster families.