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"The job of radically changing how children and families experience the child welfare system cannot reside within any one Federal agency or any one national organization. We have to have a common vision, we have to have a common commitment across those Federal national entities that affect the lives of kids every day and an agreement that we want to serve them in a certain way with a certain defined set of outcomes.”
-Dr. Jerry Milner, associate commissioner, Children’s Bureau
How can child welfare agencies, Federal partners, judicial and legal entities, and community organizations shift both the perception and application of foster care to one that supports families? Dr. Jerry Milner explains his support for systemic change across child welfare systems: where foster care is viewed as a last resort for families facing challenges in maintaining safe and stable homes for children and youth.
In this episode, Dr. Milner explains the Federal Government’s role in facilitating community-based collaboration to support families. The conversation also focuses on increasing awareness of the needs of children, youth, and families involved in foster care, along with the value of ensuring foster care is used as a support for families instead of a substitute for parents.
The following individuals are featured in this episode:
- Dr. Jerry Milner, associate commissioner, Children’s Bureau
Topics discussed include the following:
- Changing the misconceptions regarding children, youth, and families impacted by foster care
- The importance of Title IV-E Reimbursement for legal services for parents, children, and youth
- How the Federal Government supports community-based prevention efforts
- The issues and trends State and local child welfare agencies are sharing with Dr. Milner