Needed: A New Vision of Foster Care

The number of children in foster care has increased for the third straight year. Foster parent shortages have been reported in at least 24 states, with children staying in offices and hotels. The move by

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Marie K. Cohen
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Marie K. Cohen (MPA, MSW) is a child advocate, researcher, and policy analyst. She worked as social worker in the District of Columbia's child welfare system for five years. She is a member of the Citizen's Review Committee for the DC Child and Family Services Agency and the DC Child Fatality Review Commission and a mentor to a foster youth. Follow her blog at, on Facebook at Fostering Reform or on Twitter@fosteringreform.


  1. We have a foster care community here in Nebo, NC. It’s a lovely set up on a mountain and it has been around for ages. These kids are happy here and they feel as if they are part of a family verses living in a group home. They have “professional parents” with them at all times. These parents are paid to take care of these kids and make them their whole life. They focus on building their lives around each child, instead of a child’s life being built around the parents. I wish all states would incorporate this idea. It would certainly draw more prospective parents in to help these children in need.

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