What's contributing to the increasing number of children in foster care?
The Kansas Child Welfare Task Force recently requested testimony that would "examine the contributing factors to the increasing number of children in the child welfare system including, but not limited to, substance abuse, legislation, and policies and procedures to safely reduce the number of children in care." Kansas Appleseed, a member organization of SFRH, wanted to share with you some of the observations it submitted, including:
The availability of intensive in-home services for families at risk of foster care involvement has not kept pace with the increased number of reports of potential child abuse and neglect.
A rising number of children are entering foster care for reasons related to neglect at the same time that social safety net services are assisting many fewer children and families.
Local policies and practices interact with statewide trends; jurisdictions where foster care numbers have not gone up should be examined for potential promising practices.