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Who Cares - Economic Barriers and Foster Family Recruitment

  • 2226 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

On Nov. 13The Chronicle of Social Change will host a Civic Dialogue in Washington D.C. following the release of its data reporting project entitled: “Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families.”

The event will center on Who Cares’ key findings about America’s struggles to care for the children who enter foster care, and the economic factors that may be constraining the caregiver workforce.

Highlights include:

  • A projection that foster care numbers will decline in 2018.

  • Data showing that 44 states saw an increase in reliance on relative caregivers from 2012-2016; while in 23 of those states, child welfare agencies reported that more than half weren’t receiving a foster care payment.

  • At least 15 states lost foster care capacity from 2017 to 2018.

  • Overall reliance on group homes has increased in recent.

Already, the report and events in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago have been featured in mainstream media coverage, including local NPR affiliates, and major newspapers like the Atlanta Journal Constitution, thePeoria Journal Star and The Associated Press.

The D.C. event will take place at the Rayburn House Office Building, where speakers including Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) will explore the report’s findings and federal supports for foster parents and relative caregivers. The event will also include a first-of-its-kind look at economic factors related to recruitment of foster parents from University of Pennsylvania researchers.

Event Partners include Binti and The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

Event Details

Appetizers and drinks will be provided. Parking instructions will be sent out via email.

Contact Victoria Rocha at victoria@fosteringmediaconnections.org for any questions related to the event and Thalia Henderson at thalia@fosteringmediaconnections.org for any questions related to sponsorship.

Fostering Media Connections is the parent company to the online publication The Chronicle of Social Change and print magazine Fostering Families Today.