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Human Resources Subcommittee Examines Welfare Programs

On Tuesday, November 3, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held another in a series of hearings on human services funding and programs with this one titled Better Coordinating Welfare Programs to Serve Families in Need. The Subcommittee has held several hearings over the past two congresses. In his opening remarks Chairman

Voice For Adoption Highlights Strong Families In November Event

On Tuesday, November 3, Voice for Adoption (VFA) held their annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project. The event held on Capitol Hill in recognition of November as National Adoption Month, shines a bright light on the many families that have adopted children from foster care. The theme of this year’s event was called “Celebrating Families Who Help

December Appropriations Deadline May Be Challenge

Despite the efforts of former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to clean up the legislative agenda before leaving, it looks as if Congress may be here late into the year. Based on public comments by some members of Congress, the appropriations process could still be a challenge despite the added flexibility provided by the new higher

Congressional Problems With Spending on Child Welfare

Posted on August 11, 2014 by JS It happened again, just before Congress left for the summer break on July 31, Congress gave children in foster care their heartfelt support but were much more limited in their financial support. In blocking passage of the child welfare bill, HR 4980, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act,’ Senator

Pre-K Nation Summit in New York City

Posted on August 11, 2014 by JS On Tuesday, August 5, New York City became the site for a “Preschool Nation Summit.” The summit, the first one, was a bicoastal event broadcast through a webinar presented by Scholastic Inc based in New York City. The nation’s largest city was an appropriate setting since Mayor Bill de Blasio ran


ACTION ALERT: Meet With Your Members of Congress in August while they are home. Ask them to support the Foster Care-Medicaid Demonstration Proposal Concern: The Administration has proposed (in next year’s budget) new revenue that will help local foster care (and state child welfare) agencies coordinate with state Medicaid programs to provide better health care services


House of Representatives has passed HR 4980, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.’ The legislation will reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Fund for three years and extend it to guardianship placements. It will also extend the Family Connections Grants by one year through this current fiscal year of 2014. The bill also limits the


Recent actions in Congress have targeted the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) for elimination. This paper proposes to protect the $1.7 billion in SSBG human services funding and the programs it subsidizes. DOWNLOAD SAVING SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT

CWLA Finance Reform & Child Welfare: A Balanced Approach

The need for a full
array of services for all
children has been a key
focus for CWLA’s finance reform efforts. CWLA takes a practical approach to child welfare reform that acknowledges the need for modest investments and more aggressive efforts to preventing child maltreatment, strengthening families that are fragile, and finding new permanent