• May 2020
  • Vol. 21, No. 4

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This month's issue of CBX features National Foster Care Month, which again emphasizes the importance of foster care as a support to families and not a substitute for parents. Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and David Kelly, special assistant to the Associate Commissioner, about how parents with children in care need supportive relationships and connections to help them mitigate the challenges often associated with removal and expedite reunification. We also highlight a recently released Information Memorandum featuring guidance from the Children's Bureau on how to make foster care a support to families. Also included are the latest guidance from the Children's Bureau regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as research, tools, and publications on foster care.

  • Everyone Needs Relationships
    Written by Jerry Milner and David KellyIf ever there was evidence of the need for and power of relationships during hard times, it is before us now.  The public health crisis has left the vast...
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  • Children's Bureau Releases Information Memorandum on Foster Care as a Support to Families
    The Children's Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released an Information Memorandum (IM) (ACYF-CB-IM-20-06) intended for...
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  • How to Fight Loneliness
    Written by Kathleen Creamer, managing attorney, Family Advocacy Unit, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia Recently, and especially during this time of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been...
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  • Putting Ethan First: A Reunification Story
    Written by Denise Goodman, Ph.D., senior fellow at Case Commons, expert on foster parent recruitment, retention and training—and former foster parent In 2012, four adults came together on...
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  • To Benefit Children and Teens, Build Relationships Between Birth and Foster Parents
    Written by Denise Goodman, Ph.D., senior fellow at Case Commons, expert on foster parent recruitment, retention and training—and former foster parent"Are you sure?" I asked Bonnie. The spunky,...
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  • To Do Better by Kids, Build a Bigger Bench of Loving, Caring, and Supportive Adults
    Written by Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, vice president of the Center for Systems Innovation at the Annie E. Casey FoundationHave you ever heard about the child who had too much love—too many adults who...
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