Crime Victims Grant Awarded to Waiting Child Fund

Children affected by the opioid crisis have a better chance at living with trusted kinship caregivers thanks to a $1 million grant awarded to Cleveland’s Waiting Child Fund. “This is a tragedy and certainly is an emergency,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine of the state’s need for foster care
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Eight Ohio Counties Chosen for Innovative Foster Care Pilot Program

Families, children and child protection staff in eight Ohio counties can look forward to additional support and resources in 2018 thanks to the innovative 30 Days to Family ® Ohio program, expected to launch early next year. In August, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced $1 million in funding for
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Charlotte was born on a snowy morning in January of 2018. Unfortunately, Charlotte is one of a growing number of babies born with drugs in her system. Because of a number of social issues, the hospital knew Charlotte would not be able to go home safely. Charlotte is not the first or the second, but actually the third daughter born to her mother and neither of her siblings are currently in their mother’s custody. One child is in the custody of their maternal aunt and in the custody of a cousin. Though the households are separate, the family is close and the sisters spend time together often. Kinship care has worked for this family in the past and Charlotte’s 30 Days to Family ® Specialist, Jamie, was determined to make it work again.

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2017 Year in Review

The following Year in Review is designed to provide a summary of programmatic, organizational, and fundraising milestones achieved by Waiting Child Fund in 2017.  Founded in 2005, the mission of Waiting Child Fund is to develop partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to achieve permanency for all children in
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Identity and Connectedness to Birth Family

Authors | Michelle Chalmers, Mike Kenney and Kim Stevens

Approved by Family Builders Network in October 2017


“My mother’s rights were terminated.  Not mine.” Foster youth quote

In order to love all parts, we must know all parts.  Even in the most complex life situations, we must honor that truth.

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Poverty and the Child Welfare System*

Authors / Darlene Allen, Michelle Chalmers, Addie Ellis, Darla Henry

Approved by Family Builders Network on October 13, 2017

* This position statement is about the intersection of poverty and the child welfare system.  Disproportionality, race, and culture in child welfare are covered in other position statements. Family Builders Network notes that any discussion of poverty without race, implicit bias, and systemic inequality oversimplifies the complex interplay that lies at the foundation of the child welfare system and contributes to negative child welfare outcomes.

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