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May 2020Vol. 21, No. 4Changing the Face of Foster Care Podcast

A new podcast from the Child Welfare Information Gateway Podcast Series features a conversation with Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, about the role of foster care as a support to families and the role the government has in community-based collaboration as well as examples that showcase that partnership and trends in the field. Milner discusses why this system change is needed, how prevention plays a part, and how the federal government is uniquely positioned to help implement the policy-level changes to create a more proactive, family-strengthening strategy. He also suggests providing flexible funding and guidance on incorporating youth voices.

The podcast also discusses the importance of shifting foster care awareness activities toward a more ongoing process throughout the year and making asking for help a sign of strength.