Despite the noteworthy accomplishments, serious work remains for the estimated 185,700 foster children still awaiting permanence. The importance of finding these children safe and permanent homes is a federal and state priority. But a long-recognized permanency option that ASFA reaffirms is under-utilized by states working to secure permanence for children—especially those children in safe and stable placements with relative caregivers. This permanency option is legal guardianship, and the focus of this report is how children in long-term foster care with relatives are prime candidates for permanence when supported through some form of subsidized guardianship.
ABOUT FOSTERING RESULTS
Fostering Results is a national, nonpartisan project to raise awareness of issues facing children in foster care. It is supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to the Children and Family Research Center at the School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The complete report is available at http://www.fosteringresults.org.