Child Welfare Ideas From the Experts, #1: Trauma Training for Caregivers

The Chronicle of Social Change is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 11 former foster youths who completed Congressional internships. The program is overseen each summer by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, with support from the Sara Start Fund.

Each of the FYI participants crafted a carefully researched policy recommendation during their time in Washington. Today, we highlight the recommendation of Amnoni Myers, 25, a senior at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass.

The Proposal

States receiving IV-B and IV-E foster care funds from the Department of Health and Human Services should be required to follow a federally-established minimum standard for training caregivers on the impact of trauma. The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 should be amended to allow for continuation of training services after placement.

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