• May 2019
  • Vol. 20, No. 4

Current Theme or Topic

This month's issue of CBX highlights National Foster Care Month (NFCM) and its theme "Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents." Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and David Kelly, that underscores the importance of helping to strengthen the capacity of families through support and mentorship while their children are in out-of-home care. The issue also includes a variety of resources and publications for professionals and families that focus on supporting families with children in foster care.

  • We Know a Better Way to Provide Foster Care
    Written by Jerry Milner and David Kelly A good friend who does incredibly important child welfare reform work commonly says, "when we know better, we do better." When it comes to foster care in...

  • A Landmark Achievement in Program Improvement Plan Development Brings Cause for Hope
    Written by Jerry Milner History was made on April 18, 2019, in Lansing, Michigan—the Children's Bureau (CB) was pleased to sign and approve the first Program Improvement Plan (PIP) ever...

  • Our Daughter Needs Us
    Written by Irene Clements, executive director, National Foster Parent AssociationUpon opening a Facebook message recently, I found the following from the biological mother of one of our former...

  • Families Are Worth Fighting For
    Written by Ashley Malefyt, foster parent, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (Ottawa County) I remember sitting down in the apartment of a mom I had just met in what would be...

  • Fostering Families Develops Thriving Families
    Written by Katrina George, director of marketing and communications, FaithBridge Foster Care, Alpharetta, GAMeet the Schoomakers, Barlows, Moores, DiCaras, and Prices. They are part of a fostering...

  • A Neighborhood-Based Model for Foster Care Services: Reflections on 30 Years of Practice and Thoughts About Future Directions
    Written by Julia Jean-Francois, co-director, Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New YorkThe Center for Family Life in Sunset Park was founded in 1979 by two visionary social work...