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subsidized guardianship a national perspective jennifer miller cornerstone consulting

Subsidized Guardianship: A National PerspectiveJennifer Miller, Cornerstone Consulting

Teleconference for the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning

January 25, 2005

growing momentum for subsidized guardianship
Growing Momentum for Subsidized Guardianship
  • Recognition of Subsidized Guardianship in ASFA
  • Increasing Use of Kinship Care
  • Funding through waivers and TANF flexibility
  • Pew Commission Recommendations
  • Federal Legislation
  • Positive Evaluation Findings
improving outcomes for children through subsidized guardianship
Improving Outcomes for Children through Subsidized Guardianship
  • Reducing the use of long term foster care for children who can not return home or be adopted
  • Achieving permanency for older youth
  • Responding to the unique needs of kinship caregivers and their children
improving outcomes continued
Improving Outcomes (continued)
  • Reducing the overrepresentation of minority youth
  • Providing choices and opportunities for families to raise children without government intervention
  • Providing opportunities for states to improve permanency outcomes and address CFSR and PIP goals
key facts about subsidized guardianship
Key Facts About Subsidized Guardianship
  • 35 States and DC have some form of subsidized guardianship
  • Subsidy levels vary considerably (TANF rate, foster care rate or somewhere in between)
  • States use a variety of funding sources – TANF (12), waivers (7), state $$ (17), SSBG(1)
  • Eligibility requirements for caregivers and children differ
best practices related to subsidized guardianship
Best Practices Related to Subsidized Guardianship
  • Fully integrated and valued in the permanency continuum
  • Benefits that are consistent with adoption assistance – subsidy, legal fees, post permanency supports, subsidized guardianship agreement
  • Rule out return home and adoption
  • Educate caseworkers, attorneys and courts
best practices continued
Best Practices (continued)
  • Ensure that families are fully involved in decision making
  • Provide comparisons of permanency options and implications of each – financial, legal, and emotional
  • Specify visitation issues and requirements
federal legislation
Federal Legislation
  • The Kinship Caregiver Support Act (Clinton/Snowe)
  • The Child Protective Services Improvement Act (Cardin)
  • Act to Leave No Child Behind
helpful publications
Helpful Publications
  • Mary Bissell and Jennifer Miller, eds., Using Subsidized Guardianship to Improve Outcomes for Children: Key Questions to Consider, (Washington, DC: Cornerstone Consulting and Children’s Defense Fund, 2004).
  • www.childrensdefense.org
  • Children’s Defense Fund, States’ Subsidized Guardianship Laws at a Glance, (Washington, D.C.: Children’s Defense Fund, 2004).
  • www.childrensdefense.org
  • Cornerstone Consulting and Children’s Defense Fund, Expanding Permanency Options for Children: A Guide to Subsidized Guardianship Programs, (Washington, D.C.: Cornerstone Consulting and Children’s Defense Fund, 2003).
  • www.cornerstone.to or www.childrensdefense.org
  • Cornerstone Consulting, Guardianship: Another Place Called Home (Houston, TX: Cornerstone Consulting Group, 2001)
  • www.cornerstone.to
  • Mark Testa, Nancy Salyers, Michael Shaver and Jennifer Miller, Family Ties: Supporting Permanence for Children in Safe and Stable Foster Care with Relatives and Other Caregivers. (Champaign-Urbana, IL: Fostering Results, 2004).
  • www.fosteringresults.org
  • Mark Testa, “When Children Cannot Return Home: Adoption and Guardianship,” in The Future of Children, Volume 14, No. 1 (Los Altos, CA: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Winter 2004)
  • www.futureofchildren.org
questions or comments
Questions or Comments

Jennifer Miller, Cornerstone Consulting

National Collaboration to Promote Permanency through Subsidized Guardianship

(401)884-1546

[email protected]

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