Some positive developments have taken place on a national scale in recent weeks when it comes to foster care.
As part of National Foster Care Month in May, the White House’s Domestic Policy Council convened a workgroup from across seven federal departments to focus on a single goal: identifying opportunities to better help current and former foster youth. This broad-scale meeting of the minds resulted in numerous outreach and public education efforts meant to improve outcomes for the nearly 400,000 children and youth in foster care each year and the 24,000 young adults who “age out” of foster care annually without a permanent legal family.
Among the efforts that have resulted:
- New reports from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on housing for youth who have aged out of foster care.
- A new web-based resource from the U.S. Department of Education providing resources and information to educators who work with foster youth.
- Guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on outreach strategies to ensure children and youth keep Medicaid coverage when they transition home after foster care or age out of care.
Given the extraordinary challenges often faced by foster youth, it is heartening to see federal government working cooperatively and proactively to help ease these challenges.
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