Interjurisdictional placement of children in the child welfare system: Improving the process, Final Report
All children deserve to live in safe and permanent homes. For those in the child welfare system, however, a variety of longstanding obstacles—systemic court problems, including lack of court resources, insufficient training for judges and attorneys, and insufficient court time for child welfare cases; a lack of adoptive families; and poor access to support and treatment services for families—may delay achievement of permanency (GAO, 2003). For some children in public custody, the best available foster care or pre-adoptive home is located across State lines. However, the usual barriers that plague the foster care population are exacerbated and made more complex for interstate placements. Strategies to resolve the barriers to interjurisdictional placement can facilitate these children’s timely placement with permanent families and need to be addressed by the child welfare system together with other child- and family-serving agencies.