The US Department of Health and Human Services has granted $2.64 million to Florida Atlantic University and Georgia State University who have partnered to establish a program that assists children and families affected by addiction. This regional partnership grant establishes projects to enhance the safety of children who are in or at risk of an out-of-home placement as a result of a parent's or caregiver's opioid or other substance misuse. The aim of this project is to bring together parents, counselors, family treatment court teams, child welfare staff, and other stakeholders to develop a protocol to improve collaborations across these partners.
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has refocused their efforts on foster care and adoption. Four years later results show that adoption rates have increased, especially among sibling groups and older sibling groups and older teens as well as reunification of families. Last June, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a law extending the foster care services available until the age of 21. A quality parenting initiative also helps foster and biological parents work together to determine the best outcome for each child.
NevadaSystem of Higher Education has approved a fee waiver for foster youth to attend Nevada public college. Though the waiver is a huge financial help the current age limit and eligibility causes some difficulties. The Foster Youth Success Initiative has assisted more than 70 students with tuition assistance and campus-based support services as well as hiring a statewide Foster Youth Ambassador to help recruit and support foster youth students through to graduation.
CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.
Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.