There is national legislation being proposed to address the horrors of our foster care system.
Foster Youth and Advocates React to Proposed Families First Actby Matt HartmanJanuary 5, 2016God Bless this girl for speaking out about the foster system! I mean it, God bless her. We think we have evolved on so many issues in this nation, with our "modern enlightenment," but on some issues we are just not. FROM: HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/CHILDRENSRIGHTS/?FREF=NF
...The act seemingly seeks to address a major complaint by advocates that therapeutic group homes are often used as long-term placement options for youth who don’t need them.While the bill may have many potential benefits for youth, advocates are concerned that the bill is doing little to change the system itself. Advocates also point out that the act forces youth out of group homes while providing no alternatives or increased foster parent recruitment strategies to ensure former group home residents have stable places to live.
Group home reform is also in the works at the state level. Alice Bussiere, a staff attorney at Youth Law Center, based in San Francisco, Calif., outlined some of these state-based changes.
In reference to group home placement, Bussiere stated, “Many are there [in group homes] by default, just because nobody’s found another place,” which is a major point in most state-based changes. In Maine, for example, the state government partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to develop more family-based care options and shift away from group homes.
Currently, Washington, Hawaii and Oregon have the highest rates of family-based care. According to Bussiere, the reason is, “Nothing really in specific, except they all really value families.” https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/foster-youth-and-advocates-react-to-proposed-families-first-act/14998