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$5 million federal grant to DCF to reduce number of children in foster care

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on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 00:22
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$5 million federal grant to DCF to reduce number of children in foster care
Note: Now this is a strategy that could actually work.  ;-)
 
You see, when they snatch your kid, they get all kinds of money coming in.  If they don't snatch the kid they don't get any money.  So if they create the funding streams that would make it profitable for them to not snatch the kid, then perhaps they will stop snatching kids unnecessarily.  
 
Of course either way you still get all of these System Sucks crawling up your ass, but hey, it's kind of like voting for the president.  The lesser of two evils.  Right?
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy and state Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz have announced that the state has been awarded a $5 million federal grant to expand and enhance a DCF program designed to reduce the number of children in foster care by providing supportive housing and necessary services to vulnerable and homeless families.

Connecticut is one of five jurisdictions around the country to be awarded the funding.

“This goal of this supportive housing program is to keep families together and help those who are in greatest need get back on their feet,” Malloy said in a prepared statement. “Under the leadership of Commissioner Katz, DCF has been accelerating their efforts to keep families unified and stable. The federal funding our state has been awarded will allow DCF to continue their efforts to create stability for our state’s youngest residents.”

The program currently serves more than 500 families annually and is credited with helping to reunify families whose children are in state care and to prevent the removal of children in circumstances where stable housing is a barrier. The grant, awarded by the federal Department of Health and Human Services and four national foundations, means at least an additional 50 families will receive these comprehensive, intensive and evidence-based services.

Katz said in the statement that the expansion will help accelerate progress already made in reducing the number of children in care.

The expansion will focus on chronically homeless families with multiple episodes of homelessness in eastern Connecticut, where the department determined the available services do not meet the existing need. Targeted communities include Norwich, Willimantic and Middletown.

DCF spokesman Gary Kleeblatt said it is not possible to say how many families in Middletown would receive services under the grant at this point because that depends on the number of referrals.

“However, DCF-involved families in Middletown who have been chronically homeless would be eligible to receive an intensive level of housing support services, to include housing search/re-location, financial assistance, referrals to behavioral health and child welfare services, budgeting, employment services and access to a permanent housing voucher (known as a) RAP certificate,” Kleeblatt said.

According to Katz, DCF has achieved an 11 percent reduction in the number of children in state care since January 2011.

“Supportive housing is one of the critical ways we can keep more families together and reunify families where a removal was necessary,” she said. “Connecticut is just one of five jurisdictions in the nation to receive this grant, and it is a real expression of confidence in the direction we are taking. Expanding this very effective program without additional state resources is an added bonus.”

The first year of the grant, beginning Oct. 1, will be for planning and implementation. Additional families will be receiving services beginning in the grant’s second year.

The supportive housing program, which began in 1998 by serving caretakers recovering from substance abuse problems, combines intensive case management services, behavioral health services and housing support for families who need assistance with stable housing. The program now serves families with mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and other treatment needs. The Department of Social Services and local housing authorities supply housing vouchers to many of the families. DSS is committed to providing 50 additional vouchers in conjunction with the federal grant.

The federal grant will not only increase the number of families in the program but also will enhance it to include employment services to help parents obtain meaningful work and increase income. An employment specialist will work with the families to develop relevant skills and help them find work. This will be done in conjunction with the state Department of Labor’s Office of Workforce Competitiveness. The families pay up to 40 percent of their income toward rent.

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Social workers given opportunity to feedback on adoption reforms

Ministers are seeking views on proposals to speed up the time it takes to refer looked-after children and prospective adopters to the adoption register, among other things.

Timpson: 'I want adoption to be hassle-free'

Adoption services are to receive an £8m boost from government this year, new children’s minister Edward Timpson (pictured) announced today as he launched a consultation on proposals to speed up the adoption assessment process.

Timpson is seeking views on a range of proposals to reform fostering and adoption, including a two-stage approval process for prospective adopters and fast-track procedure for approved foster carers and previous adopters. 

The reforms are designed to build on the adoption action plan published by education secretary Michael Gove in March, which, among proposals to tackle delays in the system, introduced controversial local authority adoption scorecards.

Social workers have until 7 December to give their views on the additional proposals, which include:

  • Introducing measures to ensure foster carers are able to take everyday decisions about the children in their care.
  • Improving the sharing of case records between fostering services and adoption agencies.
  • Reviewing timescales for referring looked-after children and prospective adopters to the adoption register.
  • Restricting the size of adoption and fostering panels.

Timpson, whose parents are fosters carers and who has two adopted siblings, said: "Sadly I have come across too many potential adopters who have given up, frustrated by the system and foster carers exasperated by the bureaucracy required for every day tasks.

"I want the process to be as hassle-free as possible. Vital safeguards will remain, but no one benefits from pointless paperwork.”

The government will publish its response to the consultation in spring 2013 ahead of publishing revised statutory adoption and fostering guidance. The changes will be implemented next summer.

David Holmes, chief executive of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, welcomed the consultation, which he said “focuses on getting the right balance between safeguards and speed, between necessary checks and unnecessary bureaucracy”.

Government advisor on adoption, Martin Narey, added: "We urgently need enough adopters to offer loving homes to the worryingly high number of children in care, approved for adoption, but with nowhere to go. I believe the changes trailed in the document will begin to change that.”

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Here is the letter I wrote to the department in the UK regarding this " adoption action plan".

Why is your country hellbent on legally kidnapping as many children as possible, making it as easy as possible, and locking up an parents who love their children so much they will not be silenced. Instead of giving money out to foster carers and adption organisations, as well as legal fees, psychiatrist and everyone else who is on the social services gravy train, why not start trying to help these families. You are desecrating a nation. Look around at other countries. While no one has a perfect system, there are many different approaches being tried around the world.... http://www.lukesarmy.com/content/5-million-federal-grant-dcf-reduce-number-children-foster-care

Here is the link if you would also like to write to them regarding this matter.... https://www.education.gov.uk/help/contactus/dfe

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I agree it's a good step, but we also need to remember that it keeps CPS and CASA in the cash, which is the reason they steal kids in the 1st place. I want to know EXACTLY how much of the 5 million goes to "Families" and how much CPS and CASA will be getting for "Administrative costs".

I don't know what the take is today, but back in the 1970s when I was a foster parent, I received $110.00 per month to care for a child in my home while CPS got the rest of the money paid by the State, $2, 600.00
 
Children are merely a product to be bought and sold. They are not human, they are a dollar sign. Today's CPS and CASA are merely an extension of the Slave Trade that has gone on for Century's. Remove the $$$, and the business goes away.