The State of the Children: An Examination of Government-Run Foster Care

Policy Reports | Social

No. 210
Friday, August 01, 1997
by Conna Craig and Derek Herbert

About the Author

Conna Craig is president and a trustee of the Institute for Children, Inc. She graduated with honors from Harvard College, where she wrote her honors thesis on the relationship between research and legislation on child abuse. Ms. Craig has advised legislators and scholars in China, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom, and has spoken before numerous audiences including policymakers, foster and adoptive parents, service providers and economists. Her published articles include "What I Need Is a Mom: The Welfare State Denies Homes to Thousands of Foster Children," in the Summer 1995 issue of Policy Review and condensed in the November 1995 issue of Reader's Digest; "What Will Happen to the Children?" a written symposium of seven contributors published in the Winter 1995 issue of Policy Review; and various op-eds including "Adoptable children go wanting" in USA TODAY in 1996. Ms. Craig was named recipient of the first annual Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship in 1996; the prize recognizes "extraordinary efforts by American citizens who are helping their communities solve problems the government has been unable to solve." Adopted into a family that has to date cared for more than 100 foster children, Ms. Craig has spent her entire life involved in and very much aware of the "client" side of the foster care equation.

Derek Herbert is the Institute for Children's associate director. Mr. Herbert is the Institute's lead researcher on state and federal legislative issues. He directed the Institute's two-year examination of public agency child welfare, and is currently conducting a longitudinal study on privatization of child welfare. His published articles on foster care include "Too Many Kids Waiting for a Home" in The Wall Street Journal in 1997. He is a frequent guest on regional and national radio programs, and has spoken to audiences including religious leaders and state and federal policymakers.

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