Guest column: Foster caregivers deserve our thanks, now more than ever.

Over the years, the expectations and goals for fostering children have changed. In 2017, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services implemented the Quality Parenting Initiative. The initiative, a strategy of the Youth Law Center, seeks to change the expectations of and support for foster and other caregivers, and thereby improve outcomes for children and youth. It is about building a bridge between the foster care system, biological parents and foster caregivers in an effort to successfully reunite children with their biological parents.