This is an opportunity to hear first-hand from young people who experienced foster care and learn ways to improve practice and policy to better serve young people, their families, and the communities to which they belong. This webinar includes recommendations on implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act and moving towards a 21st Century Child Welfare System.
Topic: A Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Preventing Unnecessary Removal of Children from their Families
Date: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2019
Watch the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-ZYAf4HiVw
Want to know more?
Check out the priority document! https://www.fosterclub.com/blog/public-policy/new-recommendations-released-historic-opportunity-reform-child-welfare-prevention
In this webinar, we discussed the priorities and opportunities for engagement, including:
5 priorities, echoing recommendations from the Council's 2017 Prevention Priority, highlights of the Children's Bureau guidance: ACYF-CB-IM-19-03 Engaging, Empowering and utilizing family and youth voice, and highlighting new opportunities presented by Family First and moving towards a 21st Century Child Welfare System.
Priority 1: Substance misuse and mental health crises are tearing our families apart — treat them with the urgency and resources that they require.
Priority 2: Connect our families to services, even after we have been reunified with our family.
Priority 3: Don’t use our removal as a way to punish our parent(s).
Priority 4: Explore the multitude of reasons why youth are “aging out” of adoptions and look at how it can be prevented.
Priority 5: Engage with us during the investigation and when developing prevention services for my family.
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