What is Fostering Accountability Inside the Foster System

Dr. Candice Matthews

January 13, 2023

Fostering accountability inside the foster system can be challenging and complex. The reunification of birth families is a significant factor, but several other issues must be considered. One such issue is the physical, behavioral, and educational challenges some children face when placed in the state’s care.


Fostering accountability inside the foster system is essential for several reasons. First, it holds public officials accountable for the validity and effectiveness of their decisions. Second, it helps to ensure that children and youth have a safe place to stay. Third, it provides a framework for administrators to decide about their foster care programs.

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires that states provide protections for youth who are vulnerable. It also calls for the development of data collection systems to track the progress of foster youth. These systems have become critical to the success of the foster care system, and institutions have an essential role to play in meeting these needs.

As a result, many students in foster care find themselves in an impossible situation. Getting a college degree is an uphill climb for these students.

Behavioral difficulties

The best way to get the most out of your foster child is to provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to transition from a dependent to an independent contributor. That may mean getting them involved in suitable activities at the right time and with the proper support. This article will discuss the major components of the Fostering Accountability model and how they work together to deliver results for your foster kids. We’ll also look at the most critical steps to get the most out of the program and how to use them to your advantage.

Using the information in this article, you’ll be armed and ready to make the right moves for your foster kids, so they can thrive and enjoy life to the fullest.

Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP)

The Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP) provides financial assistance to families caring for children outside the foster care system. The program is designed to allow youth to join a permanent family setting.

Kinship foster parents can apply for KinGAP to receive monthly subsidy payments from the state. These are similar to the maintenance payments received while in foster care. However, a KinGAP family must commit to caring for the child for at least six months.

In addition to providing financial support, KinGAP helps children enter a permanent home as quickly as possible. This program also offers medical coverage for the child. During the process, children can maintain a positive relationship with their families of origin.

Although it is important to remember that the child’s parent still retains some rights, the prospective guardian can make the custody decision. Sometimes the court will allow the parent to visit the child. However, the judge will be able to limit the number of visits that a parent can have.

Reunification with birth families

The federal government requires states to make “reasonable efforts” to reunify children in foster care with birth families. It is an admirable goal, but it is not always achieved.

One way to help reduce foster home turnover is to improve accountability within the system. This could be accomplished by releasing agency performance reports. A public statement can encourage competition among agencies and help foster parents better evaluate agencies.

Another option is to develop a more comprehensive set of criteria to make reunification decisions. In this way, the federal government can provide substantive guidance to states and help ensure they put their best foot forward regarding reunification.

Reunification is the primary goal of the foster care system. But many children stay in the system for years before returning home.