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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 Tom Coburn offered several criticisms […]

August 18th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments

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 on a campaign that included […]

August 18th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments


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 to children in foster care. Congress […]

August 18th, 2014|Categories: Advocacy Hot Topic||0 Comments


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 use of APPLA, adds […]

July 31st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments


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.


July 31st, 2014|Categories: Advocacy Hot Topic||0 Comments

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 families.

July 31st, 2014|Categories: Advocacy Hot Topic||0 Comments

The Play’s the Thing: Disadvantaged Kids find their Onstage Voices

Recent article gives the details of the Manhattan-based Possibility Project (TPP), which uses theater to help disadvantaged teens confront their most pressing real world issues in hopes of transforming lives for the better. Through TPP, teenagers are given the opportunity to explore different behaviors and confront situations that differ from their own. Through their roles, individuals are able to deal with the negative forces and emotions in their lives.
July 9th, 2014|Categories: PEC Hot Topic||0 Comments

Raising Better Parents: Advice from a 16-Year-Old

This article gives a brief personal account of the advice provided by the author’s 16 year old son about ways he could be a better parent.
July 9th, 2014|Categories: PEC Hot Topic||0 Comments

Transforming Responsible Fatherhood Practice: Scalability, Sustainability and Measurability

Recent article highlights the challenges that are frequently associated with embracing low-income fathers as a valuable asset to their families, children, and greater communities. Often, community attitudes are neither appreciative nor supportive of the role that fathers play in contributing to overall well-being.
July 9th, 2014|Categories: PEC Hot Topic||0 Comments

The Impact of Gun Violence on Children, Families, & Communities

Recent article on the impact of gun violence in the lives of children, families, and their communities. The authors highlight the need to focus the conversation on the victims of gun violence rather than focusing on keeping guns out of the hands of mentally ill individuals. conclusion, the article suggests the ways in which exposure to gun violence might be prevented: in collaborative effort.
July 9th, 2014|Categories: PEC Hot Topic||0 Comments