Children’s Monitor

Child Welfare Community Loses Friend in Senator Landrieu

On Saturday, December 6, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) lost her bid for re-election in a Senate run-off race in Louisiana. With her departure a long time advocate on child welfare issues will be leaving the Senate in a few days.

Although Landrieu was not on the two key committees that oversee child welfare programs, the Finance Committee and the HELP […]

Congress Finishes With Tight Appropriations Vote

After the House of Representatives narrowly passed HR 83 by a vote of 219 to 206 late on Thursday night December 11, the Senate acted late Saturday to approve the legislation (HR 83).  The package represents one of the last acts by a Congress that has been rated by some critics as one of the least productive in many […]

Legislation Fixes VAWA Tribal Provision

Last month the Senate held a hearing on a new Department of Justice report, Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive  that addressed exposure to violence by children within the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.  An issue that surfaced in the testimony and in the report recommendations was addressed was addressed by Congress last week with the passage […]

White House Hold Early Childhood Summit

On Wednesday, December 10, the President focused attention on early childhood education and child care with the White House Early Learning Summit.  The goal of the event was to build on recent work by the Administration over the last several years and to hopefully build momentum around early learning and get the word out about the importance of increased […]

Movie Showing of “Annie” Serves As White House Backdrop for Focus on Foster Youth

On Monday, December 8 the White House held a special event to highlight some of the recent Administration efforts in regard to youth in foster care. CWLA attended the event that was wrapped around a premier viewing of the movie Annie. The event included remarks by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Joo Yeung Chang, […]

Over 750 Signatories Endorse Home Visiting Extension

Over 750 national, tribal, state and local organizations and elected officials groups have signed onto a letter advocating for an extension of Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV).

The letter says in part, “ As diverse national, state, tribal and local organizations committed to accountable policies that both improve outcomes for vulnerable children, pregnant women and families […]

Congress Still Deliberating Budget Action

With the clock ticking toward the expiration of FY 2015 funding (December 11), Congress ended the week with an uncertain strategy toward an extension in funding. There seemed to be agreement on not shutting the government down but how that would be avoided is still not clear or final.

House Republicans, largely leading the strategy, have proposed to their own […]

SSI and Youth With Disabilities

On Tuesday, December 2, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Brookings Institution sponsored a briefing, Helping youth with disabilities flourish: Improving outcomes for children in the Supplemental Security Income program.”

The briefing focused on the issue of disabled children and youth on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their transition to adulthood with the discussion focused on how to help […]

House Passes Tax Bill, Offsets Not Required

The House of Representatives adopted a package of approximately 50 “tax extenders” that will allow a range of tax credits and breaks to continue for this year.  This year, 2014. The package costs approximately $42 billion for this one year extension and it would have to be renewed again by late next year.  The cut in federal revenue is […]

December 8th, 2014|Categories: Budget Policy, Children's Monitor, Home News||0 Comments

CWLA Hosts Listening Session on Financial Issues for Youth

On Monday, November 17 the Child Welfare League of America worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to sponsor a session in Virginia to discuss issues of financial challenges for youth in foster care. The event was held in Fairfax Virginia at the ICF offices and included CWLA members from Virginia and Maryland.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was […]