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Publications

Policy Report 1 October 2007
Hitting the M.A.R.C.: Establishing Foster Care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children (2007)

The first-ever nationwide, state-by-state calculation of the real cost of supporting children in foster care, revealing widespread deficiencies in reimbursement rates across the nation — and major disparities among the states — and proposing a new standard rate for each state to use in fulfilling the federal requirement to provide foster parents with payments to […]

Hitting the M.A.R.C.: Establishing Foster Care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children (2007)
Policy Report 1 September 2007
At the Crossroads — Better Infrastructure, Too Few Results: A Decade of Child Welfare Reform in New York City (2007)

A comprehensive assessment of the performance of the New York City child welfare system, revealing that despite a decade of reforms and improvements in the system’s infrastructure and in certain aspects of case practice, safety and permanency outcomes for many children and families have not significantly improved and, in some cases, have worsened.

At the Crossroads — Better Infrastructure, Too Few Results: A Decade of Child Welfare Reform in New York City (2007)
Policy Report 1 August 2007
Promoting Child Welfare Workforce Improvements Through Federal Policy Changes (2007)

A major initiative of Children’s Rights and the Children’s Defense Fund comprising three reports, several proposals for changes to federal policy, and ongoing outreach to federal legislators in support of improvements to the child welfare workforce nationwide. Related publications: Components of an Effective Child Welfare Workforce to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families (2006) List […]

Promoting Child Welfare Workforce Improvements Through Federal Policy Changes (2007)
Policy Report 1 April 2006
Lasting Impressions: A Guide to Photolisting Children

Designed for adoption professionals and foster families who will be preparing children to be photolisted, this guide includes step-by-step instruction on how to write descriptions of children and take or arrange children’s photographs, and covers best practices on sharing information about children that will be viewed through channels that everyone can access.

Lasting Impressions: A Guide to Photolisting Children
Policy Report 1 February 2006

States and cities across the country are now implementing concurrent planning as an answer to expediting permanency for children in foster care. This report documents the implementation of the process in New York State. Featuring interviews with state and national child welfare professionals as well as focus groups with parents, foster parents, and caseworkers, this […]

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