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Florida's Foster-care Population Way Above the National Average

Florida's foster-care population increased by 24 percent between 2013 and 2015 (AP), way above the national average of 7%. While it is encouraging to know that safety is a priority, it is still heartbreaking that any child must be removed from their home and family, adding to whatever trauma, confusion and fear they have already experienced.
 
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores how public agencies can get more people to step forward as foster parents and to encourage the extraordinary individuals who have already answered the call to continue their commitment to care. The report states that with the appropriate training and the right tools, foster parenting can be a deeply rewarding experience that benefits children, supports birth parents and helps child welfare agencies fulfill their mission to keep children safe and help them thrive in families.
 
The report also profiles a “sister” program (we are in the same department at USF) - The Center for Child Welfare, which works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide timely, accurate and useful information to child welfare professionals and others. One of their projects, the Quality Parenting Initiative, is one of Florida's approaches to strengthening foster care. It helps agencies and foster parents communicate what each expects of the other and build consensus on what makes for quality caregiving. QPI provides practical, web-based tools and resources to build foster parent knowledge and skills. The major successes of the project have been in systems change and improved relationships.
 
View the Annie E. Casey Report, A Movement to Transform Foster Parenting.
 
Visit QPI Florida.
 
Visit Florida’s Center for Child Welfare.

2016 Florida KIDS COUNT County Data Book
Three thousand thirty-five (3,035) Floridian lives...