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Rockefeller Foundation Announces Foster Care Initiative

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The nonprofit Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation has announced a partnership with the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services aimed at disrupting the pipeline into the child welfare system in Pulaski County. 

The partnership will provide funds to select community-based entities for supportive and preventive services, and alternative resources to help strengthen and preserve families, the foundation said in a news release. Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Public Knowledge is also part of the initiative. 

Through a request for proposals, the group seeks to contract with up to three Pulaski County-based community groups, particularly those that can directly engage with families and youth at risk of separation or involvement with the child welfare system.

The nonprofit will provide grants of $40,000 each for two years, with the state and Public Knowledge participating in funding decisions and providing input into their work. 

“Over the past two years, the number of children in foster care in Pulaski County has nearly doubled – and the number of Black children in the system has grown exponentially,” said Shantell Hinton Hill, senior equity officer at the Rockefeller Foundation. “As the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation seeks ways to address the effects of poverty on the well-being of children, youth and families, we are excited to partner with the Division of Children and Family Services and Public Knowledge to create a community-based support network designed to provide resources and support that will help families to remain safely united.” 

The deadline to apply is Feb. 17. 

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