Children's Bureau Information Memorandum (ACYF-CB-IM-20-03)
Informs Title IV-E agencies on how to use CCWIS, non-CCWIS information systems, websites, and applications to recruitment, approval and retention of foster homes. The IM focuses on foster family homes, kinship homes and pre-adoptive homes. February 10, 2020.
Foster and Kinship Parent Recruitment and Support Best Practice Inventory
This best practice guide for foster and kinship parent recruitment, produced by ChildFocus and the Redlich Horwitz Foundation, was developed to provide counties and provider agencies with new ideas and proven tools to improve their retention and support practices for foster parents (2017).
Immigrant Caregivers: The Implications of Immigration Status on Foster Care Licensure
This fact sheet reviews state licensing standards related to immigrant caregivers serving as placement resources for children in the child welfare system. Summary of fact sheet also available here (2017).
D.O. vs. Glisson Summary
Summary and implications of a Kentucky case sent to the U.S. Supreme Court. Since the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal, the earlier ruling from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stands. The court ruled that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services must pay relatives who take in foster children even if not fully licensed (2017).
Placing Children with Relatives: The Case for a Clear Rationale for a Seperate Foster Care Licensing 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 and revising the state relative placement laws (2017).
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.
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)
Relative Foster Care Licensing Waivers in the States: Policies and Possibilities
Summary of state waivers and variances. ABA and CLASP (2010)
State Kinship Foster Care Licensing and Payment Policies
Compares foster care licensing and payment policies by state, from Urban Institute (2003).