Placing Children with Relatives: The Case for a Clear Rationale for a Seperate Foster Care Licenisng Standards, Background Check Procedures, and Improved Relative Placement Statues in Alaska
Law review article by Courtney Lewis on how Alaska could improve outcomes for families, including adopting the Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards with regard to background checks.
Immigrant Caregivers: The Implications of Immigration Status on Foster Care Licensure
ABA Center on Children and the Law fact sheet on state licensing standards related to immigrant caregivers serving as placement resources for children in the child welfare system. Summary of fact sheet is available here.
California Resource Family Approval Toolkit
The Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Step Up Coalition, and a wide range of state and local partners created a Resource Family Approval Toolkit designed to help walk California caregivers through the newly implemented Resource Family Approval process. (2017)
Development and Implementation of Tribal Foster Care Standards
Booklet developed by NICWA to assist with the process through which tribes can develop locally appropriate standards. It is based on the premise that foster care standards are most useful when they are developed by the Indian community in which they will be used and when a broad segment of that community participates in the development and implementation process (2000).
Identifying and Verifying the Safe Foster Home: A Study and Assessment Method
Action for Children’s foster home assessment tool to be used to assess potential foster family homes.
Improving Foster Care Licensing Standards around the United States: Using Research Findings to Effect Change
Summary and analysis of foster care licensing standards in all states and the impact of such standards on relatives seeking licensure, from Generations United, ABA Center on Children and the Law, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation (2013).
Live Scan Fingerprinting Technology: A Primer for Child Welfare Agencies
This ChildFocus primer for child welfare agencies gives practical information on how to obtain and implement live scan technology (2016).
Obtain a Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry Check in Each State
Contains the state contact for child abuse and neglect checks.
Program Standards for Treatment Foster Care
These standards developed by the Foster Family-based Treatment Association, are designed to assist agencies in the development of quality Treatment Foster Care services for children, youth, and families. (2013)
Report to Congress on States' Use of Waivers of Non-Safety Licensing Standards for Relative Foster Family Homes
Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families report to Congress on children placed in relative foster family homes and the use of licensing waivers (2011)
State Kinship Foster Care Licensing and Payment Policies
Compares foster care licensing and payment policies by state, from Urban Institute (2003).