June 24 Executive Order to Strengthen U.S. Child Welfare System

On June 24, 2020, President Trump signed the Executive Order on Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children. The order aims to lessen challenges and barriers affecting child permanency through the following strategies:

  1. Strengthening adoption programs by creating robust partnerships in communities,
  2. Improving resources to caregivers, and
  3. Improving federal oversight over key statutory child welfare requirements.

The order suggests a list of broad directives to be achieved in the coming years. The goals of the order include:

  • a more detailed and comprehensive data collection system at the state and national level (looking at everything from separated siblings, to demographic information, to the number of foster homes needed),
  • aiding community support outreach through publications of data,
  • guidance on collaborative partnerships and implementation of education and training initiatives, and
  • an assessment of the child welfare system’s current regulations and standards for timeliness and reasonable effort.

You can see the whole list of ordered reform, and read the executive order in full, at the White House website.