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Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards
The American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law,  the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Generations United, and the National Association for Regulatory Administration in partnership developed these first ever 
family foster home licensing standards to protect children and ease the way for caregivers to become foster parents. (2014)

Improving Foster Care Licensing Standards around the United States: Using Research Findings to Effect Change

Summary and analysis of foster care licensing standards in all states and the impact of such standards on relatives seeking licensure, from Generations United, ABA Center on Children and the Law, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2013)

Program Standards for Treatment Foster Care 

These standards developed by the Foster Family-based Treatment Association, are designed to assist agencies in the development of quality Treatment Foster Care services for children, youth, and families. (2013)


Development and Implementation of Tribal Foster Care Standards

Booklet developed by NICWA to assist with the process through which tribes can develop locally appropriate standards. It is based on the premise that foster care standards are most useful when they are developed by the Indian community in which they will be used and when a broad segment of that community participates in the development and implementation process.

Report to Congress on States' Use of Waivers of Non-Safety Licensing Standards for Relative Foster Family Homes

Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families report to Congress on children placed in relative foster family homes and the use of licensing waivers (2011)

Identifying and Verifying the Safe Foster Home: A Study and Assessment Method

Action for Children’s foster home assessment tool to be used to assess potential foster family homes. 

The Continuing Evolution of State Kinship Care Policies
Presents the findings of a 2001 survey of state relative foster care policies, from Urban Institute (2002). 

State Kinship Foster Care Licensing and Payment Policies
Compares foster care licensing and payment policies by state, from Urban Institute (2003).

Meth and Child Welfare: Promising Solutions for Children, Their Parents and Grandparents
Provides a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve the child welfare system’s ability to combat the impact of meth and many of the other serious issues facing children and their families, from Generations United (2006).

Time for Reform, Support Relatives in Providing Foster Care and Permanent Families for Children
Presents the latest findings on the impact of relative care for children in foster care, describes the role of relatives as permanent families for the children in their care, and offers cost-effective ways to support relatives as caregivers through federal policy, from Kids Are Waiting and Generations United (2007). 

State Kinship Care Policies for Children that Come to the Attention of Child Welfare Agencies: Findings from the 2007 Casey Kinship Foster Care Policy Survey
Summarizes key findings from the most recent survey of states’ kinship care policies. This study looks at the implications of states increasing their use of relatives to care for abused and neglected children to avoid having to take children into custody, from Child Trends (2008).

TANF and Child Welfare Programs: Increased Data Sharing Could Improve Access to Benefits and Services
US Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, (2011).

Obtaining a Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry Check in Each State
Contains the state contact for child abuse and neglect checks.

 

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