The state of North Carolina has decided to expand the foster care system to provide aid for young adults as they transition into adulthood. Under the new law, people over the age of 18 can now be in the system until their 21st birthday.
After leaving foster care but realizing they are unable to make it on their own, young adults can reapply to be put into the system. This move was made possible by the approval of the North Carolina General Assembly in late 2016 and will take effect this year. According to Kevin Kelley, who is with the state Division of Child Welfare Services, state and federal funding provides aid to around 1,000 young adults.
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The Wilson County Department of Social Services in North Carolina recently honored foster parents, a group of people who take the time and effort to care for children who have been taken from their own families.
During the DSS’ annual Foster Parent Banquet, DSS director Glenn Osborne said, “I look around this room and I know that you, our foster parents, are truly heroes, each and every day.” Keynote speakers included three former foster children who are now members of the group Strong Able Youth Speaking Out, or SAYSO. DSS recognized several foster parents for their commitment to caring for children in the foster system, and awarded completion certificates to participants of the Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence-Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting/Group Preparation and Selection class.
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According to records from the Department of Health and Human Services, the number of children in the United States residing in foster homes increased slightly in 2013 after a seven-year decline, The Associated Press reported on September 29.
According to HHS’s annual report, there are 403,378 children in the U.S. foster care system–higher than 2012’s 397,000. The year when there were the highest number of children residing in foster homes in the U.S. was 2002, amounting to 524,000 children.
Since 2005, records of foster home children occupancy have been dipping. According to officials, the long-term decrease can be attributed to policy shifts regarding how state and county child welfare agencies operate. HHS’s administration on children, youth, and families associate commissioner JooYeun Chang said the foster numbers vary among the states and that many states are still enacting measures to decrease their foster care populations.
Last year, 101,840 children were available for adoption from the foster care system.
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