Found a great new resource for child welfare policy – the State Child Welfare Policy Database. It’s a website sponsored by Casey Family Programs that pulls together policies from across the country and lets you search by state or subject matter. Right now the subject matter is limited to: 1) Child Welfare Financing; 2) Kinship Care Policies; and 3) Older Youth in Foster Care but each of those is broken down into multiple important subtopics and the site says it will soon be adding more subjects.

Looking just at older youth, there are breakdowns for:

  • Foster Care Age Limits
  • Circumstances in which Youth can Stay in Care Past 18th Birthday
  • Requirements Youth Must Comply with to Stay in Care Past 18th Birthday
  • Circumstances in which Youth Can Stay in Care Past 19th Birthday
  • Requirements Youth Must Comply with to Stay in Care Past 19th Birthday
  • Court Jurisdiction After 18
  • Placements for Older Youth
  • Re-entry into Foster Care
  • Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
  • State-funded Independent Living (IL)/Transition Services

Check it out at http://www.childwelfarepolicy.org/pages/map.cfm and also let me know if you’re aware of other strong on-line policy resources.

beth

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