July 2011

Fostering Connections to SuccessFrom Vision to Implementation

The articles in this issue of The Judges’ Page address many of the child welfare issues targeted by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. ~ J. Dean Lewis, editor

Articles:

Editor's Message
J. Dean Lewis, Judge (retired), Former Member, National CASA Association Board of Trustees
Past President, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Summary: The articles in this issue of The Judges’ Page address many of the child welfare issues targeted by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Article.... 


Celebrating Fostering Connections While Envisioning More for Youth

The Winter 2011 National CASA Connection magazine covers the Fostering Connections legislation and includes an article by Rep. Jim McDermott, WA, which celebrates passage of the Fostering Connections to Success Act.


Not Just Another Birthday
Charlie McNeely, FosterClub All-Star

Summary: A young woman who grew up in the foster care system reflects on the process of leaving care when she turned 18. Article....


Fostering Connections Judicial Guide
Heidi Redlich Epstein, JD, MSW, Director of Kinship Policy, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

Summary: The author offers a summary of the new publication, Judicial Guide to Implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Article....


Connecting with Siblings
Hon. Leonard Edwards (ret.), Judge-in-Residence, Center for Families, Children and the Courts, California Administrative Office of the Courts

Summary: With the passage of the Fostering Connections to Success Act, the shift from reliance upon foster care to relative care is almost complete. Importantly for siblings, the law now prefers siblings to remain together when removed from parental care and to stay connected when separation occurs. Article....


Tribes and Fostering Connections
Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis (Isleta/Laguna Pueblos), Lummi Tribal Court

Summary: The Fostering Connections to Success Act supports tribal self-governance in child welfare as well as provides challenges for tribes as we attempt to develop culturally appropriate child welfare programs that also comply with the federal requirements. Article....


Collaboration: Does It Matter for Fostering Connections?
Rickye McKoy-Mitchell, District Court Judge, Charlotte, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, the 26th Judicial District

Summary: The author describes a successful collaboration among the court, school district and social welfare system in Charlotte, NC, that has helped provide stability for children in foster care. Article....


The Option to Extend Care Beyond Age 18: An Important Opportunity for States
American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law's Bar-Youth Empowerment Project

Summary: An overview of the provisions of the Fostering Connections to Success Act and the roles of representatives of the courts and child welfare community in its implementation. Article....


90-Day Transition Plan: The Final Protection for Youth Exiting Care
American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law's Bar-Youth Empowerment Project

Summary: The importance of developing and implementing a 90-day transition plan for youth leaving care, and the role of the courts in implementing it. Article...


Judicial Considerations for Implementing Fostering Connections: Education Stability and Continuity
American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law's Legal Center for Foster Care and Education

Summary: The importance of ensuring the educational stability for youth in foster care that is mandated by the Fostering Connections to Success Act and the role of the courts and community in this process. Article...


National CASA Develops Specialized Curriculum for Advocacy for Older Youth
Sally Erny, Chief Program Officer, National CASA Association

Summary: National CASA’s new Fostering Futures volunteer training curriculum is teaching CASA volunteers to help older youth transition from state care to successful adulthood. Article...


Fostering Connections to Success Act Education Provisions and the NCJFCJ Education Checklist
Paula Campbell, Permanency Planning for Children Department, NCJFCJ

Summary: The author outlines the key provisions of the Fostering Connections to Success Act that relate to educational stability. Article...


Understanding the Training Reimbursement Provision in Fostering Connections
Dennis Blazey, Consultant

Summary: The author offers a set of FAQs that explain the broad parameters of the Fostering Connections to Success Act provision that expands training reimbursements. Article...


Family Group Decision Making: An Innovation in Need of Court-Partnership?
Lisa Merkel-Holguin, MSW, American Humane Association National Center on Family Group Decision Making

Summary: The author describes the premise and practice of family group decision making. Article...


Web Resources: Fostering Connections
Paula Campbell, Permanency Planning for Children Department, NCJFCJ

Summary: A list of online resources related to the Fostering Connections to Success Act. Article...  


National CASA Judge of the Year 
At its annual conference in April, the National CASA Association presented Hon. Nan Waller, Circuit Court Judge, Multnomah County Juvenile Court, Portland, OR, with the 2011 National CASA Judge of the Year award. Read about Judge Waller and other Awards of Excellence honorees.

The comments of article authors do not necessarily reflect the policies of the National CASA Association or the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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