Child Welfare

AdoptUsKids Project Helps 10,000 Foster Children

Thanks to a project known as AdoptUsKids, more than 10,000 children have been placed into adoptive families. The AdoptUsKids project is managed through a cooperative agreement with the Children's Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Connecting the Dots: Working across Systems to Improve Postsecondary Outcomes for Youth in State Care

In Rhode Island, the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) offers the Post Secondary Education Tuition Assistance Program for DCYF-involved youth to receive up to 35 percent of the cost of college. 

Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care

The Children's Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published a new guide on managing psychotropic medications written specifically for youth in foster care: Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care.

Federal Government Releases Annual Statistical Report on the Well-Being of the Children and Youth

The adolescent birth rate declined for the second consecutive year, adolescent injury deaths declined, and fewer 12th graders binge drank, according to the federal government's annual statistical report on the well-being of the nation's children and youth.

However, a higher proportion of 8th graders used illicit drugs, more children were likely to live in poverty, and fewer children were likely to live with at least one parent working year round, full time, according to the report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011.