Children’s Monitor

Your Money, Your Goals: Toolkit For Youth in Foster Care

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to work on creating resources targeted at assisting human services staff, including child welfare staff, address some of the financial barriers confronted by disadvantage populations including youth in foster care. Your Money, Your Goals is a toolkit that social services organizations can use to help their clients set goals, choose financial products and […]

Panel Discussion on Transforming to Trauma Informed Care

On Tuesday, October 14, the American Institute for Research (AIR) sponsored a briefing, Trauma-Informed Care: Change the Culture to Change the Outcome, at the National Press Club. The panel discussion included representatives from the National Center on Family Homelessness at AIR, Too High News, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), National Council for Behavioral Health and Women […]

October 20th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments

Child Trends Survey: TANF, SSBG, Medicaid & Flexibility

The Child Trends report regarding state child welfare financing: Federal, State and Local Spending to Address Child Abuse and Neglect in SFY 2012 continues to show that over the years states do have significant flexibility in federal spending. Over the more than a decade of surveys, the entitlement funding of Title IV-E foster care, kinship care and adoption assistance […]

October 20th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments

Preliminary AFCARS Data Show Foster Care Increase in 2013

The recently released AFCARS, Report Number 21, indicates that foster care numbers increased in FY 2013. The report lists 402,378 children in foster care at the end of federal fiscal year 2013 (September 30, 2013) compared to 396,892 for the same point in 2012. The report may be adjusted in the next few months but the increase of 5,486 […]

October 12th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments

Child Trends Study, Federal Adoption Funding and Reinvestment of State Savings

Last week we examined the latest report by Child Trends regarding state child welfare financing: Federal, State and Local Spending to Address Child Abuse and Neglect in SFY 2012 that shows a total just under $13 billion ($12.7 billion) federal funds spent in 2012 on child welfare services—a decrease from two years earlier. The state and local spending includes […]

October 12th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities to Hold Public Meeting in Burlington, Vermont

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a federal advisory committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (P. L. 112-275), will hold a public meeting in Burlington, Vermont, on Thursday, October 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and open deliberations on Friday, October 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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October 10th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments

New Child Trends Report Updates Child Welfare Spending Patterns

 Child Trends has released their latest report on state and federal child welfare spending, Federal, State and Local Spending to Address Child Abuse and Neglect in SFY 2012 . The report shows a total of $12.7 billion in federal funds spent in 2012 on child welfare services—a decrease from two years earlier. The state and local spending includes an additional $15 […]

October 7th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments

President Signs Incentive Fund, Sex Trafficking Legislation

 On Monday, September 29, President Obama signed HR 4980 (PL 113-183, read the CWLA summary) the bill extends, expands and reauthorizes the adoption incentive program and extends the family connections grants by one year through FY 2014. It was critical that the President signed the bill before the end of the fiscal year so the funds could be released. […]

October 7th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments

Commission on Child Fatalities Holds Hearings

On Monday and Tuesday of last week the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities brought their hearings to Denver, Colorado. Part of the session, as was the case in previous hearing sites, was to examine their host state’s challenges and strategies. The Commission heard from the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Colorado Department of Public Health […]

September 29th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments

TANF Data Eligibility Report Released

HHS has released a new database report on some of the basic eligibility requirements under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program. The report and tables are based on information from the Welfare Rules Database (WRD) which is a publicly available database.

TANF, particularly in the use of “child-only” grants, plays a significant role in child welfare with […]

September 29th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor||0 Comments