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House Subcommittee Moves TANF Reauthorization

On Wednesday, April 11, House Ways and Means Committee began a markup on a package of bills that may result in a reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  House Republicans are promoting the TANF reauthorization and limited package of changes as part of their programs to reduce.  In announcing the hearing Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said, [...]

Senate Finance Focuses on Evidence-Based Programs

On Tuesday, May 10, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on evidenced-based programs and strategies in human services.  In his opening remarks Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) highlighted the substance abuse Regional Partnership Grants (RPGs) as well as home visiting programs as examples of using evidence based practices to have an impact.  He also strongly defended proposals around social impact [...]

Appropriations Update

The House leadership may try to pass a budget resolution this week and were engaging the rank and file on the possibilities.  They are once again considering a side-bill that would cut $30 billion in mandatory funding including the elimination of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). Despite these offerings it looks like they do not have enough House Republicans [...]

Education and the Workforce Takes Up CAPTA Legislation

On Thursday, April 28, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved HR 4843, a bill to amend requirements around the “safe care” plans as described in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).  The Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act was introduced by Reps. Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) and is somewhat similar to a [...]

Appropriations Update, Advocates Pleased With Senate JJ Funds

There was little change in the appropriations status last week.  Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS) has now made clear in several comments that he does not have the votes to pass a budget resolution so far this year. He tried a closed door meeting on Thursday with some comments from participants that they were making progress but it is unclear what [...]

CWLA Members Discuss Commission On Child Fatalities Findings

On Monday, April 18, CWLA members focused on the National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.  Dr. David Sanders Ph.D., Chairman of the Commission, Executive Vice President, Casey Family Programs, presented some of the key findings and recommendations of the recently-released commission report.  After Dr Sanders’ power-point presentation, discussion began with panel comments by Linda Spears, Commissioner, Children [...]

Senate, House Begin Appropriations Process

Without any official announcement both the House of Representatives and Senate have begun the appropriation process despite not passing a budget resolution.  A budget resolution would have streamlined some of the appropriations process and aligned what the Senate and House do as far as spending allocations between the twelve appropriations bills.  Because of last year’s budget agreement, it is not [...]

CWLA Holds National Advocacy Summit: Join Virtual Effort

Today starts the CWLA National Advocacy Summit.  If you can’t be there, then take a virtual trip to the CWLA National Advocacy Summit! Join along with Summit participants on Tuesday, April 19 as they go to Capitol Hill. Contact your elected representatives and officials on this day and share our message. We are using #VirtualHillDay16 and other hashtags listed below [...]

New Annual Report on SSBG Released

The 2013 Annual Report for SSBG has been released. The annual report documents overall expenditures of the $1.7 billion in funding (approximately $1.6 billion in 2013 due to the sequestration cuts). In addition, each states breakout of how they spend SSBG and the number of adults and children served are listed. Overall the report summary indicates that approximately 28 million [...]

CWLA To Shine Bright Light On Child Welfare Workforce

On Tuesday, April 19, as part of the CWLA National Advocacy Summit, Washington DC: Investing in What It Takes: A Full Continuum of Care  CWLA will provide a special focus on the significance of the child welfare workforce and its role in assisting vulnerable families. CWLA will sponsor a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, April 19, at 2:30 PM (Room [...]