On November 4, the Children’s Bureau (CB) and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) released ACYF-CB/FYSB-IM-14-1, an informational memorandum that provides oversight and guidance on youth who run from foster care and come in contact with runaway and homeless youth programs. Noting that youth age 12 through 17 move between the two federally funded programs, the IM emphasized […]
At an event that took place on Wednesday, November 12 the adoption advocacy group Voice for Adoption launched their 10th annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project. The annual Capitol Hill event honors families formed through adoption from foster care.
To launch the project, family photos and adoption stories are displayed at a reception. During the Month, participating members of Congress display in their […]
The United States Congress returns this week after Veterans Day, for the first time since late September. Last week’s election set the stage for a new power structure which will have a great deal of influence on what this Congress does in the remaining weeks of 113th Congress.
One of the first orders of business will be what to do […]
When the new 114th Congress starts up on January 3, there will be at least 52 and possibly 54 Senate Republicans in the majority. On the House side Republicans may have at least 243 pending more than a dozen races where votes were still being counted. They went into the election with 233 seats. In the Senate, two races, […]
Following up on the President’s proclamation in recognition of November as National Adoption Month
As part of Adoption Month, You Gotta Believe a New York City-based adoption organization has released this video regarding the adoption of older youth from foster care.
In addition the Every Child Deserves a Family Coalition, is encouraging organizations to highlight adoption, as well as how the […]
President Obama has issued a presidential proclamation recognizing November as National Caregivers Month.
In the proclamation the President said, “Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our country, parents and children, siblings and spouses, friends and neighbors heroically […]
This week (Wednesday, October 29) the White House announced they will be holding a Summit on Early Childhood Education. President Obama will host the White House Summit that will include a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, advocacy and elected leaders, as well as other stakeholders who are committed to expanding access to high-quality early education. The White House announcement […]
Last week Voice for Adoption with the National Foster Care Coalition released a paper, Federal Policymakers Strengthen Law to Account for Adoption Assistance “De–‐link” Savings that outlines the changes Congress enacted recently to strengthen the requirement that states reinvest into child welfare services any state savings resulting from the expanding adoption assistance program. The issue involves the 2008 law, […]
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has issued their annual child care status report that shows improvement in some child care programs or policies in 33 states while an additional 13 states were worse off. The report, Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014 covers a period from February 2013 to February 2014. The NWLC indicates that […]
Last week the PEW Charitable Trusts released a new report on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), The Children’s Health Insurance Program, A 50-state examination of CHIP spending and enrollment. The report outlines some of the history, progress and differences in state approaches to the 1997 program. CHIP was created as a federal funded program that awards all fifty […]