Trends in U.S. foster care placements in the past ten years show improvements according to the latest released Annie E. Casey Foundation (April 2019) report. By focusing on the Family First law Missouri has managed to place 2.6 times more (13%) children who enter the foster care system with relatives and foster families compared to the national average (5%).
The new report also notes that while improvements in the number of children place outside traditional group homes and institutions has declined, national placement of black and older children (13 -18 years) has remained stagnant over the last 10 years. For example, in 2017 only 81% Black children compared to 86% Latino and 87% White were placed with families. Similarly, only 58% of the children aged 13 years and older compared to 95% aged 12 and younger were placed with families.
Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) is a not-for-profit organization serving as the Annie E. Casey sponsored KIDS COUNT® organization in Missouri - Missouri KIDS COUNT®. ARCHS serves as FACT’s KIDS COUNT® representative in the St. Louis region.
In St. Louis, ARCHS provides funding and resources to support the work of the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition to prevent adoption disruption, support family well-being, and secure adoptive homes for children waiting in state custody.
Social Solutions Global today announced ARCHS and Kansas City Local Investment Commission (LINC) as recipients of Social Solutions matching grants using funding from Ballmer Group. The matching grants will defray 50 percent of the licensing costs for Social Solutions’ leading case management and analytics solution, Apricot 360.
Both organizations are significant providers of out-of-school time child care in their communities, supporting critical initiatives including early childhood education, correctional re-entry programs, and fostered youth programs, and serve as crucial coordinating hubs in their respective communities. The matching grant includes other community partners that are part of the Missouri Family and Community Trust (MoFACT), a private-public sector partnership that consists of the major state agencies involved in social services and education.
With their Apricot 360 licenses, LINC, ARCHS and the other Missouri community partnerships can now:
- harness data for more comprehensive reporting
- proactively identify risks and take action
- address chronic absenteeism
- support education enrichment in out-of-school time programs
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnerships throughout Kansas City and St. Louis and are inspired by the dedication of these organizations in supporting at-risk students and families in their communities,” said Kristin Nimsger, CEO of Social Solutions. “With more robust access to insights and data, these organizations can take their work to the next level and support students where they need it most.”
"In St. Louis, ARCHS is committed to disrupting cycles of intergenerational poverty by advancing lifelong learning, and a large part of this is providing holistic support of each student and family,” said Wendell E. Kimbrough, Chief Executive Officer of ARCHS. “With this matching grant, the Apricot 360 solution will enhance ARCHS’ strategic consulting and technical support services for our grantees related to data management and program evaluation.”
Since August 2018, ARCHS has issued $6.1 million to support a portfolio of job development, training, placement and support programs being offered by six area workforce-focused organizations serving St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
ARCHS has issued grants to the following organizations:
- America Works - Missouri
- Better Family Life, Inc.
- Employment Connection
- Mission: St. Louis
- Louis Agency on Training and Employment
- Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
ARCHS secured funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services to support these initiatives. The primary target population will include SNAP recipients, veterans, homeless individuals and families, justice involved individuals, and those struggling to find full-time, sustainable employment because of barriers to work.
“This is ARCHS’ largest single investment in workforce related programming in our 20 year history,” said Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer.” While we talk about a good economy, and low unemployment rates, there are thousands of people trapped within on-going cycles of intergenerational poverty in St. Louis who need viable skills training and connections to employers.”
This funding supports a variety of job readiness and placement services, social services and barrier removal services. It also provides resources for reliable and affordable childcare, remedial education services/GED training, basic skills training, and connection to parenting classes/family mediation services.
In addition to funding, ARCHS provides strategic consulting and technical assistance to support its grantees. This includes connecting funded organizations with state and regional resources to enhance their efforts, including Missouri’s SkillUP program. ARCHS partners with its grantees to share resources, coordinate efforts, and foster collaboration.
ARCHS currently funds and strategically enhances more than 30 regional initiatives that improve the lives of more than 180,000 individuals facing disparities and disadvantages in St. Louis’ most impoverished communities. ARCHS works to disrupt cycles of intergenerational poverty by advancing lifelong learning.
Individuals interested in learning more about these workforce programs, should contact the ARCHS’ funded organizations directly: