Vol. 12, No. 1 November 2007
Staying focused in a time of change
There is a lot of change afoot in North Carolina’s child welfare system.
Just consider: a new federal law gives foster parents the right to be heard at court hearings. We have new foster home licensing rules. We have new information from the federal government about where our child welfare system is doing well and a new Program Improvement Plan to help us strengthen areas that need it. And of course we have MRS, the system reform effort that went statewide in 2006 and is still very much underway.
All of these things have implications for foster parents, social workers, and children in care.
But wait! There’s more. In addition to these system-level changes, we continue to face those changes that are a permanent part of foster care: the developmental challenges all kids experience, the struggle of children and their families to adjust to placement, staff and foster parent turnover, long-awaited court decisions . . .
This newsletter can’t make change go away. It can, however, provide information to help you navigate the swirling waters of change and offer encouragement to help you stay focused on what really matters: making a positive difference in the lives of children and their families.
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