Jul. 28, 2021 4:40 pm
Youth aging out of foster care are at risk of homelessness. Is Philadelphia doing all it can?
Estimates suggest that at any moment in Philadelphia about 200 out of the 500 youth experiencing homelessness have spent time in foster care. They are sliding through what child welfare researchers call the foster care to homelessness pipeline.
May 11, 2021 2:58 pm
Brook J. Lenfest Foundation partners with nonprofits to help former foster kids go to college
“It’s estimated that only 3% of former foster youth who enroll in college will graduate. Through this program, we hope to significantly increase that percentage," said Pedro Ramos of the Philadelphia Foundation, which will administer the grants.
Apr. 16, 2021 1:15 pm
Promising new approaches correct for the disproportionate presence of Black families in the child welfare system
Instituting "Blind Removal" meetings coupled with implicit bias training for caseworkers has yielded good results in New York and Michigan, but not without controversy.
Apr. 15, 2021 3:26 pm
Black families confront a child welfare system that seems intent on separating children from parents
Investigative reporter Steve Volk examines the challenges and opportunities facing the foster care system in part one of a two-part series.
Sep. 3, 2020 7:05 am
Kinship care: Proactively addressing systemic racism in child welfare
"The unique needs of kinship caregivers require treatment that differs from that of general foster parents to support success and prevent disruption," says guest columnist Karissa Phelps.
Mar. 31, 2020 11:53 am
Disruptions and government response to the coronavirus outbreak are heavily impacting youth in foster care
Advocates say improvisation will be required to address the full range of problems Philadelphia’s child welfare system is confronting.
Aug. 30, 2019 11:33 am
Leveling the academic playing field for children in foster care
CB Community School is designed to help youth in care receive a quality education. Instructors are trained in trauma-informed practices to help students cope with any crisis they are facing.
Jun. 28, 2018 12:45 pm
This is why advocates are supporting LGBTQ foster parents in court
In the ongoing legal battle between Catholic Social Services and the City of Philadelphia, questions of religious liberty and anti-discrimination in the foster care system are on trial. Meanwhile, the Office of LGBT Affairs is actively recruiting prospective foster parents.
Sep. 20, 2017 12:55 pm
Most foster youth don’t earn bachelor’s degrees. The Field Center wants to change that
Penn's Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research, along with a new Stoneleigh Fellow, provides technical support to a cohort of four area colleges offering campus support programs for foster youth.
Jun. 23, 2017 7:19 am
The case for becoming a foster parent in Philadelphia
There are nearly 6,000 foster children in the city. Turning Points for Children's Kevin Lockett asks, What makes a good foster parent?