CQ Researcher

  • Foster Care: Can the System Handle the Soaring Demand?

    In this full-length report, I explore how various factors, including the opioid crisis, children fleeing nations in turmoil, and increased public awareness of child abuse, have contributed to a nationwide shortage of foster and adoptive homes, as well as upcoming sweeping changes in child welfare systems. I also report on how the newly enacted Family First Prevention Services Act, passed by Congress in early 2018, changes the nation's focus toward prevention. This report also reports on new medical research that shows how trauma and neglect can create lifelong developmental and emotional changes in children.

    The award-winning CQ Researcher (formerly Congressional Quarterly) was founded by Nelson Poynter. It provides in-depth, professionally fact-checked reports on today's top news topics. Reports include historical background, timely issues and debates, outlook for the future, informational graphics and links to further resources. (July 20, 2018)