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May 31, 2015 in Child Death, Foster Care, Invisible Children, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen



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CA: Overmedicating Children in Foster Care
Los Angeles Sentinel – May 28, 2015
On any given day, nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication — more than four times the rate for all children.

CO: Hickenlooper gives strong defense of CDHS chief
Colorado Statesman – May 28, 2015
Gov. John Hickenlooper this week lauded Colorado Department of Human Services Director Reggie Bicha and his staff as being “among the best in the United States” after an overwhelming majority of lawmakers recently blasted Bicha’s job performance.

CO: Guest Commentary: Retool administration of Colorado’s social programs
Burlington Record – May 25, 2015
A letter signed by more than 80 lawmakers and sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper earlier this month calling for leadership change in the department at first glance appears understandable given the performance issues of programs housed in CDHS.

FL: Child Welfare Professionals Day
Miami Times – May 27, 2015
There was no shortage of local officials when Congresswoman Frederica Wilson convened a meeting in the courtyard of the Judge Seymour Gelber and Judge William E. Gladstone Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse. The day marked the hard fought battle to bring to fruition the recognition of child welfare professionals. Information Gateway resource: Evidence-Based Practice Considerations for Child Welfare Professionals:

MA: CHD: Foster care program delivers love, support to prepare children for adulthood
Mass Live – May 28, 2015
The Springfield-based CHD provides a foster care program to connect prospective foster parents with children in need.

MT: Report: Montana among US leaders in finding families for kids in need (Includes video)
MTN News – May 27, 2015
Montana is among the best states in the nation at finding finding families for kids who have had to be removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect, according to a new study. A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Montana places 90% of such children in family settings – such as foster families or actual kin – compared to a national average of 84%.

NC: DSS partners in homeless coalition
Times-News – May 28, 2015
The Homeless Coalition, formally organized in March 2012, grew out of the efforts of Christine Craft, who was a homeless student case manager in the school system at the time. She was concerned about the number of children who had no fixed residence.

TX: Access to records for adults who were adopted scuttled in the Senate
Austin Statesman – May 28, 2015
A widely supported effort to give adults who were adopted access to their birth records — and the potential to find birth parents or their genetic health risks — was upended in the Texas Senate Wednesday.

VA: Appalling failure in children’s services (Opinion)
Virginian-Pilot – May 29, 2015
When they finally were discovered, staffers didn’t follow up on any of the messages left by people calling a number reserved for reports of child abuse and neglect.

US: & CA: Bass teams up with former foster youth for 4th Annual ‘Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day’
Los Angeles Sentinel – May 28, 2015
Los Angeles’ Briana Smith went to Capitol Hill to spend the day with Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif) for the 4th Annual “Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day.” On May 20, Ms. Smith joined more than 60 other foster youth alumni from across the country who traveled to Washington to shadow members of Congress to get a behind-the-scenes look at the House of Representatives and to share their experiences in the child welfare system as a way to influence policy around foster care.

US: A Digital Solution to the Overprescription of Medications for Foster Children
Huffington Post – May 28, 2015
While sometimes appropriate, these high rates suggest widespread overprescribing. Fortunately, a number of technology-enabled information-sharing initiatives may soon address the gaps in information and lapses in oversight that contribute to this problem.

US: Children in Child Welfare System Need Permanent Families
Education News – May 28, 2015
Rob Geen, director of policy reform and advocacy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charity “devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes,” has asked an important question: “If you suddenly couldn’t care for your children, what would you want for them?”



Canada: Opinion — ‘Bold’ approach offers hope for child welfare
CBC News – May 28, 2015
According to the Assembly of First Nations, the number of indigenous children in care across Canada is equal to or even greater than the number of children who were taken during the height of the residential schools.

International: The cost of abuse
World – May 29, 2015
Since 2004, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has reported the annual costs related to child abuse settlements, therapy for victims and offenders, attorneys’ fees, and child protection.

Morocco: Sharia Rejection of Adoption Condemns Many Orphans to Institutions (Includes video) – May 28, 2015
An interesting item from PBS Newshour described the sharia version of adoption, if it can be called that. When a western couple adopts, the commitment is total just as if the child were the natural offspring. But what’s called adoption in Islam — “kafala” — actually resembles a foster family arrangement. The child retains the biological family name and is never seen as a full part of the new family.

Uganda: Fraud and deceit at the heart of Uganda adoptions to United States
Reuters – May 28, 2015
Ugandan families have been bribed, tricked or coerced into giving up their children to U.S. citizens and other foreigners for adoption, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has found. Also: Top countries for U.S. adoptive parents:


AZ: Kristi’s Kids: DCS commissions new team to combat state’s foster care issues (Includes video)
KVOA – May 27, 2015
Kristi’s Kids recently learned DCS Director Gregory McKay has commissioned the “fostering inclusion respect support trust” or “first” team. They’ll identify and implement the best practices to make the foster care system work better.

AZ: State leaders say Arizona Department of Child Safety not improving
KPHO/KTVK – May 27, 2015
A year after the new agency was established, people tied into the state’s child welfare system say things are not getting better, and in fact, they are actually worse.

CO: Former Denver Human Services worker sentenced for misconduct
Associated Press – May 27, 2015
A former Denver Human Services caseworker accused of falsifying reports in the case of a 2-month-old girl who was hospitalized with skull fractures and later died has pleaded guilty.

CO: Gov. Hickenlooper Honored For Foster Care Leadership (Includes video)
KCNC-TV – May 26, 2015
Hickenlooper was honored to help raise awareness about foster care and the important role it plays in the community. May is National Foster Care month.

GA: DFCS worker hired despite criminal past (Video)
11 Alive – May 27, 2015
DFCS is under the microscope again for hiring a child protection investigator with a troubled past.

GA: Walker Co. DFCS Director Removed; Other Changes To Child Welfare Reform (Includes video)
WTVC – May 27, 2015
A Walker County child services director has been removed from the job after complaints from employees and the community, according to Georgia Division of Family and Children Services officials.

IL: Helping Kids In Foster Care Track Their History (Includes audio)
WUIS 91.9 – May 27, 2015
Lifebooks are a place to collect bits of history like that, but there’s another purpose: The books are designed to give kids a way to talk about the trauma they’ve been through. Like, at the top of one page is this prompt: “Why I don’t live with my birth parents anymore.”

IN: DCS seeks Greater Lafayette foster parents
Lafayette Journal & Courier – May 27, 2015
As drug use among parents increases, more and more children are in need of foster care, said James Wide, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Child Services.

MD: Free range parent suing the state of Maryland
WSJV – May 27, 2015
Danielle Meitiv is now preparing to sue the state of Maryland saying, “People need to be held accountable… our constitutional rights as parents and as a family were violated numerous times, our children were illegally detained and frankly terrified, and that’s not okay.”

NC: State Senate Bill Proposes Expansion Of Foster Care
Rhino Times – May 28, 2015
Barringer’s bill would increase foster care participation to age 19 and require that those wishing to be qualified for the additional year of benefits be either enrolled in school or working at least 80 hours per month. The bill does not change the rate of payment.

OH: Foster care emancipation bill gathering momentum
Dayton Daily News – May 27, 2015
The latest version of a legislative solution to turning teens in foster care out on their own too soon is headed for an Ohio House vote soon, after receiving overwhelming support in two committees. Information Gateway Resource: Legal Issues for Youth in Foster Care:

TX: Court Order Sought to Free Birth Certificates (Includes audio)
Public News Service – May 28, 2015
A civil rights case has been filed against the Texas Department of State Health Services and key officials for denying parents without proof of legal immigration status birth certificates for their U.S.-citizen children.

TX: State briefs: House OKs family department bill without gay adoption limits
Courier of Montgomery County – May 27, 2015
The Texas House has passed a bill reorganizing a state family agency–without divisive rules allowing private child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children on religious grounds. Also: Analysis: Votes Count, but the Rules Can Count More:

VT: Legislative Wrap: Child protection reforms topped criminal justice agenda
VTDigger – May 25, 2015
Lawmakers put the safety of children first in legislation that emerged from the six-month study committee. The intent language of the bill requires that the department focus “on the best interests of the child,” and emphasizes that children must be placed in a safe, nurturing environment with their parents, or other caregivers. The bill also requires the state to provide adequate training for DCF employees and funding for proper management of the burgeoning caseload of children in the state’s care.

WI: Camp invests in lives of foster children
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune – May 27, 2015
RFKC is a one-week resident summer camp designed for the foster child and other at-risk children in Portage, Wood, Waupaca and Marathon counties. Information Gateway Resource: Respite Care Programs:

US: Senate Finance Hearing: Too Down on Group, Too Rosy on Foster Parents (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – May 27, 2015
I am not advocating for group homes as a replacement for inadequate foster homes. But some young people need residential care as a short-term intervention. And for foster youth who can be placed with a family, we need to find loving, caring foster parents who can meet their therapeutic needs. This may require increasing compensation and training for foster parents dealing with older and more troubled youth.


Canada: Child protection group warns against ‘sextortion’ scheme
CBC News – May 27, 2015
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection urged parents to be forthright with their children by urging them to come forward with their concerns and never complying with threats.

Canada: Manitoba legislature committee told child welfare crisis-line getting busier
The Canadian Press – May 27, 2015
In 2011-2012, TigerTel spent an average of 152 minutes per month taking calls when ANCR had no one to answer the phone. Usage has steadily climbed since then to 1,162 minutes per month in 2014-2015.

Nepal: Government bans child adoption
E Kantipur – May 27, 2015
In order to curb child trafficking in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) has banned child adoption. The ban implies to both international and local child adoption.

Nigeria: Senate Wants Incoming Administration To Focus On Child-Friendly Policies
Leadership Newspapers – May 27, 2015
They urged the incoming administration to continue with policies and programmes that would promote the development and well being of the Nigerian child.

Uganda: Foreigners exploiting law loophole to adopt, say Ugandan MPs
Agence France-Presse – May 27, 2015
A parliamentary committee investigating illegal adoptions has now heard that more than 120 children left the East African country last year alone, despite some foreigners being granted adoption orders not meeting criteria, and many of the so-called orphans having family.


AK: Alaskans can join hands to care for our foster kids (Opinion)
Alaska Dispatch News – May 26, 2015
Each of the more than 2,500 Alaska children in our foster care system is experiencing trauma that will impact them for the rest of our lives. Our foster care system attempts to reduce the amount of trauma a vulnerable child experiences when their biological family can’t keep them safe and cared for. And mostly it does, but let’s be honest with ourselves about our neglect of this important safety net for children.

CA: Guest commentary: Improve transitional-age youth housing safeguards (Opinion)
Contra Costa Times – May 26, 2015
In general, transition-age youth are at a disadvantage in the housing market — there is a long-standing stigma associated with transitional age renters and their ability to succeed as lasting tenants. Add on their foster care status, and landlords become even more hesitant, especially when they know there is a waiting list of other interested renters. Couple these dilemmas with the exorbitant cost for housing, and these youth occupy a uniquely precarious position in the housing market. Information Gateway Resource: Support Services for Youth in Transition: Housing:

CA: The state of LA’s foster care system, and one couple’s journey to become parents (Includes audio)
89.3 KPCC – May 26, 2015
Los Angeles has the second largest child welfare program in the country, after New York City, with about 36,000 children in the county’s care.

CA: Big gains in number of children with health insurance and regular dental care
Imperial Valley News – May 25, 2015
An impressive 3 in 4 California children ages 2 to 5 had a regular dental checkup in 2012, including those from poorer households, according to a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Report:

MA: Jane Lyons: The long wait for what’s right — child welfare on margins in Massachusetts (Opinion)
Daily Hampshire Gazette – May 26, 2015
After 30-plus years as a child advocate in Massachusetts, I have to ask where children stand on this “value” scale. Children in our state who have been abused or neglected cannot pick up a phone and ask for help, nor should they have to. They are children. They are loyal to parents who should take care of them and provide for their safety and well-being, but for various reasons are unable or unwilling to do so.

MD: “Free range” parents cleared in one of two cases
CBS News – May 26, 2015
A Maryland couple who were investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases.

MI: Group: Moving MI Forward Starts with Women, Families (Includes audio)
Public News Service – May 27, 2015
A new analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund found that more than two-thirds of Michigan mothers now are the sole, primary or co-breadwinners in their families. But the center’s director of women’s economic policy, Sarah Jane Glynn, said policies such as paid family leave, equal pay, access to affordable child care and a livable minimum wage are stuck in a different era. Report: Fast Facts: Economic Security for Michigan Women and Families:

MN: Law brings new transparency for child protection records
Minneapolis Star Tribune – May 26, 2015
Following Brandon Stahl’s reporting on failures of child protection, the Legislature enacted sweeping reforms that include greater public access to case histories when children are killed or suffer life-threatening injuries as the result of abuse or neglect. Previously, those records were only available if the person responsible was charged with a criminal offense.

MO: Longtime Children’s Place president and CEO David Matson steps down in August
Kansas City Star – May 26, 2015
Later this year, Matson will step down as CEO of The Children’s Place, located along the Trolley Track Trail in Brookside. After six years on the board of directors and seven more as top man, Matson is credited with turning the agency around. Along the way, Matson and his wife, Sue, provided foster care in their Leawood home to some 30 kids whose family circumstances were so unsettled they needed a temporary home.

NE: World-Herald editorial: Child welfare on the mend
Omaha World-Herald – May 27, 2015
NFC is the only remaining nonprofit group managing Nebraska child welfare cases in the wake of the mishandled, underfunded privatization effort begun in 2009. It’s good to see NFC’s contract renewed. The nonprofit group, respected by local judges and stakeholders, has achieved significant progress in recent years.

NY: Group that put face on adoption gets significant gift
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – May 26, 2015
Some of the money from the $600,000 gift will go toward CAP’s efforts to prepare foster children for adoption, says Reaves, a Rochester native and a former commissioner of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services.

TX: Faith Anxiety and Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples (Opinion)
Texas Monthly – May 26, 2015
Although public support for adoptions by same-sex couples has increased at a faster pace than support for same-sex marriage, anxiety among social conservatives and faith-based adoption agencies also has risen, especially while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether gay marriage is a constitutional right. Faith-based adoption agencies in other states have shut down rather than place children with same-sex couples.

TX: McKinney lawmaker abandons bid to protect faith-based groups
Dallas Morning News – May 26, 2015
Sanford’s bill would bar the department or any other state entity from taking an “adverse action” against a religiously affiliated child-placing agency that refuses to, for example, place youngsters with gay foster or adoptive parents or allow teenage girls in state care to obtain birth control and abortion-inducing pills. Also: Texas House abandons measure protecting child welfare agencies that bar gays from adopting:–Gay-Adoptions-Texas

TX: State Senate approves bill boosting foster care training
Associated Press – May 26, 2015
The Senate has approved mandating 35 hours of training for potential foster care parents, more than double what some are now required to have.

VA: Governor McAuliffe Signs Child Care Safety Bill
NBC 29 News – May 26, 2015
The bill requires fingerprint-based background checks for some child care providers and reduces the licensing threshold for child care home providers from 6 unrelated children to 5 unrelated children.

WY: Foundation critical of State’s approach to foster children
Associated Press – May 26, 2015
The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says 27 percent of kids in state custody end up in group homes of institutions as opposed to foster parents. The national average is 14 percent.–Foster-Children

US: Elusive and Unsettling: Child and Youth Homelessness in America (Opinion)
Huffington Post – May 26, 2015
Although the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has included underage youth in its annual Point-In-Time study in the last two years, the number counted remains inaccurately low, pointing to trends in the population that will require new and innovative engagement techniques. It is clear that children and youth simply do not come forth for services, tend to stay “doubled up,” and often choose to hide in plain sight, trying hard to blend with other young people in order to avoid being identified.

US: Equality in Marriage May Not Bring Equality in Adoption
The Atlantic – May 26, 2015
Yet, the adoption landscape in the United States is so fractured that a win for same-sex marriage might not translate to an immediate win for same-sex adoption. Legal experts say it will take time for certain states to adjust to a federal ruling that would require them to recognize gay marriages?and thus, gay adoptions?including those performed out-of-state.

US: Adoptees decry re-homing as states move to end practice
Washington Times – May 25, 2015
Adam Crapser, a Korean-American adoptee who also was re-homed — in his case, dropped off at a state agency — faces deportation because none of his parents completed his U.S. naturalization papers. Re-homing is “devastating in so many ways,” Mr. Crapser told The Washington Times in an email. “I know I am one of many, and I’m 40 years old now. My life is only to provide a future and life for my children and wife.”

AR: Church, Nonprofit Employees Mandatory Reporters Under Law
Southwest Times Record – May 26, 2015
Thanks to legislation enacted in April, all employees of nonprofit organizations, including churches, are now mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse in Arkansas. However, it’s a fact of which many 501(c)(3) nonprofits may be unaware, according to local child advocates.

AR: Founder of faith-healing clinic that ‘treated’ Josh Duggar resigned over accusations he sexually harassed 30 teens and young women
Daily Mail – May 22, 2015
The facility, in Little Rock, Arkansas, which offers faith-based healing has been criticized by some who have attended their programs and also come under fire after a scandal involving founder Bill Gothard. Gothard was accused in 2014 of sexually harassing women who worked at his ministry, including teenagers, and not reporting cases of child abuse.

CA: Chumash Administrator Veronica Sandoval Named to County’s Child Welfare Safety Net Task Force (Press release)
Noozhawk.ocm – May 25, 2015
Veronica Sandoval, the administrator for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and a tribal descendant, has been appointed to Santa Barbara County’s Child Welfare Safety Net Task Force.

CO: County human services to get funds for new hires
Daily Sentinel – May 25, 2015
The Colorado Department of Human Services will allocate four additional case management positions to Mesa County in the fiscal year that begins July 1 — one more position than the county originally hoped to gain. A Child Welfare Workload Study released last August recommended the addition of 574 case managers total in counties across the state.

CO: Colorado human services director Reggie Bicha pledges better communication (Includes video)
Denver Post – May 24, 2015
Colorado human services director Reggie Bicha, in his first interview since more than 80 state lawmakers delivered the governor a letter of no-confidence, said he will “repair relationships” that have “clearly broken down.”

FL: Child Welfare Reform Bill Signed Into Law
Bradenton Times – May 26, 2015
On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 pieces of legislation that include efforts to have greater protections of children. The changes include stronger investigations of child deaths and stronger background checks for employees of organizations that work closely with children.

HI: Family Programs Hawaii celebrates decade of service
Hawaii Tribune-Herald – May 23, 2015
The nonprofit organization, together with the Department of Human Services and other community providers, have reduced the number of children entering the foster care system by 58 percent in two years.

IA: Program provides beds for children
Des Moines Register – May 24, 2015
“We heard from our partner agencies that there was a huge need for low-income families for beds for their kids,” said Randy Kuhlman, United Way chief executive officer. “Our No. 1 priority when we heard that, because our focus is so much on youth, was addressing that whole issue with kids sleeping on floors.”

MD: ‘Free-range’ mom: ‘The proof is in the kids’ (Video)
Washington Post – May 25, 2015
Parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv discuss the conflicts they’ve faced with Montgomery County Child Protective Services (CPS) over their decision to raise their children according to the so-called “free-range” parenting movement.

MI: Faith-based adoption rules hurt kids (Opinion)
Detroit Free Press – May 26, 2015
Rather than focusing on the needs of foster youth, these harmful adoption restrictions put the preferences of service providers above the best interests of our most vulnerable kids.

MI: Foster Month: Michigan to Limit Options for Kids in Need of a Home? (Includes audio)
Public News Service – May 26, 2015
A controversial package of bills (HB 4188, HB4189, HB 4190) could make it more difficult to connect these children with a family. The measures would allow state-funded adoption agencies to deny placement based on “sincerely held” religious beliefs.

NC: Senate panel looking at foster care
Winston-Salem Journal – May 23, 2015
The bills would allow someone who turns 18 to continue to receive foster-care services until age 19. It also allows someone who opted out of services at age 18 to opt back in to age 19. Also: Bills address foster care (Opinion):

NJ: Black Mothers Judged Unfit at Higher Rate than White Mothers in NJ (Includes audio)
WNYC – May 26, 2015
Jameelah lost custody of her newborn son in the delivery room after she tested positive for marijuana. The baby was returned four days later after the state determined he wasn’t in imminent risk of harm ? that?s the standard the state is supposed to prove in order to place a child in foster care.

NY: State grant focuses on child abuse prevention, treatment
Rome Sentinel – May 23, 2015
The Madison County Department of Social Services and Family Counseling Services have received an $80,374 grant from the state Office of Children and Family Services to focus on child abuse prevention and treatment. The two-year projects allows a behavioral health technician to work alongside caseworkers to identify and support the behavioral needs of both adults and children involved in child protective services.!Jiax5z4Zy2GKd20syDNbyA/

SC: Hospitals seeing more babies born into drug dependency
Spartanburg Herald-Journal – May 23, 2015
It’s called neonatal abstinence syndrome, which occurs when infants are exposed to drugs in utero. It threatens the lives of these small infants, puts additional stress on medical staff and financially affects the community. It’s also preventable.

SD: Judge at center of ICWA lawsuit in South Dakota stripped of title
Indianz – May 25, 2015
A South Dakota judge who is at the center of a landmark Indian Child Welfare Act lawsuit has been demoted. Judge Jeff Davis was stripped of his title as presiding judge of the 7th Circuit last week. But he insists the move had nothing to do with the ICWA case, telling The Rapid City Journal that he was demoted as the result of a dispute with South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson, who issued the order.

TN: Foster care effort sets Tennessee apart, researchers say
The Tennessean – May 12, 2015
A Tennessee foster care program has done something never before documented by researchers: made life better, at least a little bit, for a group of foster children who turned 18 and left state care. Add Information Gateway Resource: Resources for Youth in Transition:

TX: Madeline McClure: Texas can reduce need for foster care (Opinion)
El Paso Times – May 26, 2015
May is National Foster Care Month. May is also National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. The pairing of these May campaigns is presumably unintended, but nevertheless both have much in common. So much, in fact, that think they ought to be merged. I envision a single National Foster Care Prevention Month.

TX: House to weigh protecting adoption agencies that don’t give kids to gay couples
Houston Chronicle – May 25, 2015
The Texas State House is scheduled to consider legislation Tuesday that would protect faith-based welfare agencies that do not allow same-sex couples to adopt children or let foster parents give their children contraception. Also: Amendment: Gays could be denied as foster or adoptive parents:

UT: By Putting Housing First, Utah Reduces Homeless Population by 91% (Includes video)
Good News Network – May 21, 2015
The turnaround in Utah means that only 178 people remain chronically homeless in the state — so few that Utah?s housing officials know them all by name.

WA: Foster father who raped child had criminal record; DSHS to pay $1.75M
Seattle Times – May 22, 2015
The state Department of Social and Health Services has agreed to pay $1.75 million into a trust set up for a boy who was molested by his foster father between 2007 and 2008.

WV: Editorial: Less reliance on group homes for children a step forward
Herald Dispatch – May 25, 2015
Earlier this year, West Virginia adopted a juvenile justice reform strategy aimed at trying to reduce the number of youth who run afoul of the law and provide better help for those who do.

US: Lutheran Services in America Selected by The Annie E. Casey Foundation to Participate in Provider Exchange (Press release) – May 26, 2015
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) announced it has been invited by The Annie E. Casey Foundation to participate in the Provider Exchange®, a network of child welfare providers that commit their work to improve the lives of children and families. The LSA cohort of providers will create evidence-based practices and outcomes-guided programs to improve the well-being and lives of at-risk youth and families across the United States.

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