These reports provide a review of foster care and advocate for changes in the foster care system.
During 2007 and 2008, Pew’s Kids Are Waiting: Fix Foster Care Now Campaign worked in partnership with other organizations to urge federal reform of the financing structure governing our nation’s foster care system. Their goal was to improve the tools and resources available to case workers, judges and others to ensure that children spend less time in foster care and have the safe, permanent families they need and deserve. With the help of thousands of individuals and organizations nationwide, the campaign successfully raised awareness about the need for reform through research, outreach, and advocacy. These efforts contributed greatly to creating momentum for Congressional action in 2008.
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, passed unanimously by the House and Senate and signed into law in October 2008, is landmark legislation that makes critical fixes to the nation’s foster care system and promotes a brighter future for children, youth and families affected by foster care. This new law capped the efforts of the Campaign and incorporated many of the recommendations of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care. As of December 2008, most of the financing recommendations issued by the non-partisan Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care in 2004 have been enacted, and all of the court reforms are well underway in states throughout the nation.
Kids Are Waiting reports are available to read or for download by clicking here.