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Idaho’s foster care parents are in short supply, caseloads high

Idaho’s foster care system struggles under a deepening shortage of foster parents and high caseloads for social workers, according to a performance review released Monday.

The review by the Legislature’s Office of Performance Evaluations cited an 8 percent decline in the number of licensed foster parents from 2014 to 2016, from 1,062 to 974, and caseloads that were one-third or more higher than they should be.

“What is unquestioned is there is a workload problem,” Amanda Bartlett, one of OPE’s evaluators, told the Legislature’s joint oversight committee Monday.

The office recommended creation of a broad oversight entity to address performance gaps.

“A legislative standing committee is one option that states have used to establish this oversight with ongoing accountability, visibility, and accessibility,” OPE Director Rakesh Mohan wrote in his message to the committee accompanying the report.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article131126304.html#storylink=cpy

City Honors Local Foster Families Opening Their Homes And Hearts To Children

Evans family honored for service in foster care. Evan's family is far right. Photo credit: KYW's Pat Loeb

Evans family honored for service in foster care. Evan’s family is far right. Photo credit: KYW’s Pat Loeb

With six-thousand children in out-of-home placement, including– at times– its own waiting room, Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services really appreciates foster parents. The Department recognized their contribution at a ceremony last week in City Hall.

“We’re just normal people like everybody else,” said Tammy Evans. Her and husband Dave Evans are parents of seven children, all adopted from the child welfare system. The couple also fosters four more. Tammy and Dave Evans are nothing short of heroic. They’ve taken babies from Infant Intensive Care, children who’ve been abused and, as DHS acting commissioner Jessica Shapiro said in honoring them.

“They have created a loving and diverse family that is beautiful both inside and out,” Shapiro said.