Reimagining Foster Care: Tips from North Carolina on Connecting Parents and Foster/Kinship parents
Children's Home Society of North Carolina's recent efforts to increase connections between parents and the resource parents who are caring for their child or children was featured in a 2020 publication from the Administration for Children and Families. Prior to undertaking on this effort, children living with CHS foster families were more likely to be adopted than reunified. Since CHS has begun to focus on building these connections, they have seen those number change and in their most recent fiscal year, children staying with CHS foster families were just as likely to reunify with a parent/parents as they were to be adopted.
The IARCA Institute is proud to partner with CHS for a webinar sharing lessons learned from their work. The effort is still new so hard data is a few years away. But, CHS has learned a good deal by doing and will share their experiences with:
- Structural changes - CHS changed how they describe their services and how they do intakes for families who are invested in helping children reunite with a parent/parents separately from parents looking to adopt.
- Culture change - CHS staff had to work through their own feelings about emphasizing reunification and supporting strong connections between parents and resource parents
- Tools for change - CHS implemented new tools that help parents connect and will share those tools and the anecdotal information they have on how successful they are
- Training - CHS also developed training for staff and parents in how to make the most of these tools
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