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Deeply Broken System

Posted by Elise Buie | Jul 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Huffington Post recently interviewed Rafael López, President Obama's appointed Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. López sees the child welfare system as “deeply broken” with the chief problem being that state intervention does not occur until a family is already greatly impacted by drugs or alcohol and/or domestic violence. According to Lopez, substance abuse is a contributor to roughly 30% of foster care placements and half of families involved in the system experience domestic violence. He says attacking these two main systemic issues is the key to improving the system. In other words the focus needs to be on when, as much as how, a state intervenes with families. Part of the answer is to facilitate and encourage partnerships between courts, treatment services, education, mental health services and other support systems to decrease substance abuse overall. To that end the current administration proposed to triple nationwide funding for the Children's Bureau's Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) program, the projects of which focus on cross-system collaboration to reduce substance abuse and improve outcomes for families involved in the child welfare system. While child welfare systems vary greatly by state, it seems clear that addressing substance abuse and domestic violence in innovative, cross-system approaches is key to improving outcomes everywhere.

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Elise Buie

Passionate, creative, problem-solving attorney who crafts solutions rather than obstacles. Elise spends significant time educating her clients on healthy communication skills. Elise also ensures that her clients make informed decisions by understanding the future emotional and financial implications of their decisions. Your family's future is our first priority. Elise teaches her clients new skills to empower them in the future as they adjust to the new family structure. While divorce ends a marriage, it is the beginning of your new, often times, more authentic life. Elise will help you begin that new life with new skills to handle any future challenges.


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