Foster Care Reform: 15 Ways to Fix Foster Care in 2022

Dr. John DeGarmo
6 min readJan 24, 2022

“More mental health, substance abuse treatment, support, and services are needed so birthparents can have access to the treatment services they need.”

The foster care system is struggling in our nation.

Agencies recognize the difficulties that foster families are facing, and are working hard in finding solutions to help both the foster families and the children placed in the homes. Yet, the challenges continue to grow. Indeed, many foster parents remain concerned, and confused, looking for answers and receiving little guidance. As Covid continues to place challenge upon challenge to the foster care system, the system needs to be improved, for all involved; the children and youth placed in the system, foster parents caring for the children, agencies and case workers, and the biological parents of the children, as well. Here are 15 ways to fix foster care.

1. Keeping families together.

The end goal of foster care is reunification. Yet, before a child is placed into foster care, agencies and families need to work together in an attempt at keeping the child within the family, if possible. More mental health, substance abuse treatment, support, and services are needed so…

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Dr. John DeGarmo

Leading foster care expert and international empowerment speaker