Over 500,000 American children are in foster care, taken away when their families are in crisis and can’t take care of them. Thirty eight percent of California’s foster care population live in Los Angeles County (http://kids-alliance.org/facts-stats/).
The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) uses the definition of foster care found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), where it is defined as “24-hour substitute care for children outside their own homes.”2 2 Title 45, Volume 4, Part 1355, Section 57. Foster care settings include, but are not limited to, nonrelative foster family homes, relative foster homes, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, and preadoptive homes.
The preferred goal for children in care is permanency with caring parents.
Children’s Action Network (http://www.childrensactionnetwork.org/) is working to achieve this goal by using the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.
Through a variety of programs, the Children’s Action Network is dedicated to finding homes for nearly 130,000 children in the United States who are waiting for an adoptive family and improving outcomes for the more than 500,000 children in foster care.
On today’s HealthCetera Eve Adler speaks with Jennifer Perry, a child advocate and the Executive Director of the Children’s Action Network about her work in California and nationwide. Jennifer has been the recipient of the Nancy Daly Advocacy Award by the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) to honor her work in going that extra mile for improving the well being of young people.
Tune in on Thursday at 1:00pm to HealthCetera Radio on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City, or streaming online at www.wbai.org; or you can listen to the interview anytime by clicking here: