Attorneys who advocate for the rights of foster children who are victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or other personal injuries have allies in various organizations that work to product this same group. The Youth Law Center is advancing its advocacy to ensure that children and youth who must be removed from home are placed in family settings rather than in congregate care facilities. The core of our advocacy is ensuring that every child receives the nurturing and effective parenting necessary to become happy and healthy adults.
Recent developments nationwide, the organization reported that in Florida, on October 11, 2015, the Florida Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee introduced SB 7018, a comprehensive child welfare bill that will create a continuum of care that affords every child the opportunity to benefit from the most appropriate and least restrictive interventions, both in or out of the home, while ensuring that well-being and safety are addressed.
The organization also released its survey of state policies and recommendations, or the State Policies on Non-Family Foster Care Settings. The surveys state policies that restrict congregate care for children and youth in the foster care system and makes recommendations based on our research and decades of experience.
Advocates are encouraged to contact the Youth Law Center for information on how it can support advocacy and work in this area and keep us updated on developments in your jurisdiction. The goal is to help child advocates and attorneys who work to improve the lives of children and youth.