In this course, you can expect to learn:
- The ways a child can enter foster care
- The basic path a child welfare case follows
- What entering care might feel like to a child
- General statistics for child welfare
Watch the ReMoved Film. This fictional short film provides a moving depiction of what entering foster care looks like from a child’s perspective:
Watch the The Reality of Foster Kids. Reporter Lisa Ling, producer of Our America, provides some insights she gained as she reported on Los Angeles’ child welfare system:
Read the guide, "How the Child Welfare System Works" This guide from the Child Welfare Information Gateway (a service of the Children’s Bureau) provides a high-level overview of how the child welfare system is designed to work.
Review "A Child’s Journey Through Foster Care" , a simplified diagram that illustrates how a child moves through the child welfare system.
Read the following "Foster Care Statistics" . Child welfare statistics usually run several years behind the current year. While the statistics shown in this training module are from 2015, they are useful in looking at general child welfare statistics and current trends.
Watch the short film, The Well-Being Journey for Youth in Foster Care from the Youth Transition Funders Group, where young people share their foster care experiences:
Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:
Provide one idea, either that you’ve tried, plan to try, or believe a foster parent could try, that would ease a child’s entry into the foster care system. (Please leave out the child's name.)