Academic journal article The Future of Children


Academic journal article The Future of Children


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1--Health Assessments

Child welfare agencies should ensure that all children in foster care receive health screenings at entry, receive comprehensive pediatric assessments within 30 days of placement, are assigned to a permanent "medical home," and receive ongoing assessments and related treatment.

2--Measures of Well-Being

States should quantitatively measure how well the health and educational needs of children in foster care are being met and include these measures in their administrative data systems.

3--Specialized Services

States should use existing programs to provide specialized services for children of different ages in foster care, such as providing very young children with greater access to early-childhood preschool programs, and providing older children with educational and transitional supports until age 21.

4--Cultural Competency

Child welfare agencies should enhance their cultural competency by recruiting bilingual and culturally proficient workers and foster families, ensuring that workers are sensitive to cultural differences, and incorporating assessments of cultural competency skills into worker performance evaluations.

5--Services for Birth Families

Child welfare agencies should improve services to birth families by building partnerships with community-based organizations and integrating family-focusedmodels, such as family group conferencing and mediation, into child welfare practice.

6--Services for Foster Families

Child welfare agencies should develop an array of supports and services tailored to the needs of nonrelated foster families and kin caregivers, such as foster parent training and respite care, and ensure that their workforce is adequately trained to identify and respond to these families' needs. …

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