Foster care

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National Adoption Month

More than 104,000 children and youth in foster care in this country are waiting for permanent families. Learn how social media is promoting adoption throughout the country.

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‘You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be a Perfect Parent’ to Adopt a Teen from Foster Care

During National Adoption Month, adults are being asked to consider opening their hearts and homes to one of the 14,000 teens between the ages of 14 and 16 in foster care.

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Guide Empowers Foster Youth to Make Decisions about Mental Health and Psychotropic Medications

The Children’s Bureau has released a new guide for youth in foster care to help them understand their feelings and behaviors and make decisions about their mental health care, including whether psychotropic medications might help.

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Managing Psychotropic Medications for Children and Youth in Foster Care

This week, the Administration for Children and Families, along with its partners in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), brought together child welfare, Medicaid, and mental health leaders from all 50 States and the District of Columbia to work collaboratively to strengthen efforts in managing psychotropic medications for children and youth in foster care.

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More ACF programs are using social media to promote services

Every month, more Administration for Children and Families programs are coming online and promoting their services on the Internet with social media tools. Have you subscribed or “friended” these pages yet?

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New Adoption and Foster Care Data Continues Positive Trends with Caseload Decline

ACF released its most recent Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, or AFCARS report, which includes some encouraging statistics about child welfare in the United States.

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