Illinois to Share in $9.5 Million U.S. Award to Reduce Kids in Long-Term Foster Care

(Chicago, IL) – October 4, 2010. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that Illinois will be included in an award of nearly $9.5 million to help reduce the number of children in long-term foster care.

The awards were announced last Friday in Chicago by U.S. Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner Bryan Samuels, a former director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Child Care Association of Illinois CEO Marge Berglind participated in the grant proposal committee with DCFS, on behalf of private agencies, and is listed as a partner entity in the proposal, since 85% of the target population is served through it private sector agencies.

“Overall, the new funding will provide will provide trauma-focused therapy for youth ages 9 to 12 who are at high risk of needing long-term foster care,” said Berglind.

“This program will train caregivers, involve their birth parents, and locate other relatives who can be potential placements.”

The grants will fund six partnerships between state and local public child welfare agencies, non-profits and institutions of higher education to develop innovative intervention strategies to help move children into permanent homes.

This is the first year of funding in a five-year initiative.

“For too long, thousands of children have grown up under the custody of the state, rather than with a permanent, loving and caring family,” said David A. Hansell, acting assistant secretary for children and families.

“These grants represent an important step to addressing the inadequacies in the child welfare system, and will help some of the most vulnerable children in that system.”

These projects will test new approaches to reducing long-term foster care placements for children with high rates of long-term placement. In addition to Illinois, the money distributed over the next five years will go to six grantees across the country.

“Our goal is to reduce the number of children who enter into foster care, shorten the time spent, and expedite the process in which they move into other permanent living situations,” said Samuels.

“The release of these grants will enable organizations to implement and sustain effective permanency achievement efforts and strengthen families.”

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One Comment on “Illinois to Share in $9.5 Million U.S. Award to Reduce Kids in Long-Term Foster Care”

  1. We also applied for one of these grants. Unfortunately we were not successful in gaining one. Is it possible to receive an electronic copy of your winning proposal?

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