Request for Input from Caregivers

Dear friends,

Happy National Foster Care Month!

We invite U.S. foster and kinship caregivers and agencies to participate in this brief, 2 question survey thelp Members of the U.S. Congress better understand the needs and qualities of excellent caregivers for children in foster care. Please submit all responses by this Monday, May 9, 2016 so we can share your response in a briefing for congressional staff next week.

Thank you for your participation and for your service to children experiencing foster care.

With warm regards,

Becky Weichhand
Executive Director
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute | Washington, D.C.
(202) 544-8500

8 thoughts on “Request for Input from Caregivers

  1. Obviously and sadly there is a need for Far more foster parents in this country. We wish there wasn’t such a need.

    To retain the trained and experienced foster parents that we have, attention needs to be given to rates of reimbursement, opportunities for higher level training, and positive recognition by local, state, and federal representatives. We’re the “good guys in the white hats” and media, especially, needs to remember that.

  2. I believe in why ICWA was founded, but find it sad that both sides see it as whites against natives. I have seen both sides of the fence and have been through a great deal, but know I am proud of who I have become. I am a respectable women and wish both sides could see that ICWA hurts children when interpreted differently.

  3. All States have reduced their staff to the point children are not being protected, case managers have to much to do and are not able to do the job. This is causing turn over and causing children to remain in care longer. More funding. I am an ex foster care case manager and currently adopted two children in SC. Their case was not managed by state at all I filed a private action to adopt. DSS was in the way absolutely no help.

  4. As a single native foster mom in Michigan I have seen and dealt with so many issues from all aspects. One main issue is the lack of communication from the agencies to foster parents. Communication to the foster family helps relieve some if the stressors that foster families go through. If we are part of the team, why can’t we be part of the solution.
    The main focus should be for the child and setting what , where, when, why and how things affect the children and what their needs are and we are not focusing on that for these young people, it’s mainly finding them homes. If they goo back home to the same problems that mom and dad or family have fixed…. WHO FIXED THE PROBLEMS WITH THE KIDS!

  5. The needs of children should attended to more collaboratively. With a system of checks and balances between states, agency and caregivers. Caregivers know the children in their care and need to have avenues of advocacy available to them without an assumption of aggressive intent. When I see children being denied services, I will advocate for them. When I see their legal rights being trampled, I will seek legal representation for them. And when I see children hurting, I sit and acknowledge their pain and let them know someone cares. Foster parents CARE for children, putting thier hearts on the line, while watching a system heap continued trauma upon them in the form of extended impermanence.

  6. Unfortunately the intent of ICWA is being conscripted and children are being hurt. Culture law is being used to say no to attached relationships instead of yes to supported native foster homes. Stop the severing of attached relationships and plan better for all of the possibilities when interviening in the lives of children and families. Children are growing, living and loving, always. They can’t be parked in foster care while tribes spend years letting the adults (parents, caseworkers, lawyers and relatives) figure out what life looks like.

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