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New Research Shows Impact of Opioid Epidemic on Child Welfare Services

March 14, 2018

After more than a decade of sustained declines in the national foster care caseload, beginning in 2012, the number of children entering foster care began to rise. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of children in foster care nationally rose by 10 percent, from 397,600 to 437,500. The experience of individual states varied, though more than two-thirds (36 states) experienced caseload increases. Hardest hit have been six states whose foster care populations rose by more than 50 percent over this four year period.


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FYSB Posts Updated Program Area Factsheets

February 1, 2018

The Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) recently posted fact sheets describing its Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grant program areas, updated for January 2018.

FYSB currently awards grants in four areas. Click the links below to view the fact sheet for each program:


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A group of homeless youths walking on a sidewalk at night.

Counting Homeless Youth — Seven Tips to Get It Right!

February 1, 2018

During the last 10 days of each January, municipalities across the United States participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) annual homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) count. The effort is required under the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The count takes place on a single night with the goal of estimating how many individuals are living without shelter.


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National Survey on Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness in the U.S. Captures the Scope of the Issue

December 7, 2017

On November 15, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released results from a new national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in the United States. The study, Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, is the first of its kind to capture the scope of the issue broadly, by harnessing data from young people who have slept on the streets or in shelters; run away from or were kicked out of their homes; or couch surfed, living with friends and family.


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