Foster Care: Fast Tracking Relatives Who Care for Kids
Jane Burstain /(512) 320-0222 x119
May 27, 2011
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In 2008, the federal government enacted the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act which was the first major revision to child welfare laws in a decade. One of the goals of the federal law is to encourage the use of relative caregivers, who are often the best resource for children who cannot return home, and through whom children are able to maintain ties to their family, community, culture, and religion.
But Texasâ€™ demanding licensing process can make it difficult for relatives to become foster parents. This special report explores how to adapt Texasâ€™ licensing process to accommodate relatives who care for kids, while holding child safety as a top priority.