White House Sponsors Discussion on Prevention of Foster Care

On Friday morning May 15, the White House sponsored a forum that focused attention on the topic of preventing placement of children in foster care. The discussion included more than 60 individuals representing national organizations (including the Child Welfare League of America), federal officials, state representatives and individuals affected by the child welfare system.

Part of the discussion focused on […]

Letter of Support for Administration Budget Proposals

In relation to the President’s request for greater funding in some child welfare services, organizations still have an opportunity to join over 100 organizations in support of the budget proposals. A number of groups led by First Focus Campaign for Children, the Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA), Generations United (GU), […]

Wyden Bill Still Open For Feedback

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is still seeking input on his draft legislation.  On Monday, May 5, Senator Wyden, the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee released a “discussion draft” of legislation that would invest new money into child welfare services through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.  The discussion draft  would build on the Administration’s FY 2016 […]

House Starts Up Appropriations Work

The House is starting to debate and vote on some of the 12 appropriations bills now that a final budget resolution has been adopted and spending ceilings are in place. That process may be long and challenging as this week’s appropriations debate on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and other agencies (THUD) legislation was voted on in committee. […]

Briefing Highlights Economics of Prevention

On Thursday, May 14, The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing with speakers who focused on the economics of prevention. Much of the discussion focused on the use of Social Impact Bonds (SIB) and Pay for Success (PFS) strategies including legislation to support this performance-based financing of prevention.

The opening panel focused on […]

Wyden Bill Would Provide New Funding To Child Welfare

On Monday, May 5, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee released a “discussion draft” of legislation that would invest new money into child welfare services through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. The discussion draft would build on the Administration’s FY 2016 budget request that seeks to expand the use of the […]

Letter of Support for Administration Budget Proposals

The Child Welfare League of America is part of a number of groups led by First Focus Campaign for Children, along with Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA), Generations United (GU), the National Foster Care Coalition, and Voice for Adoption (VFA) circulating an advocacy sign-on letter urging support for the Administration’s FY 2016 child welfare budget […]

Budget Update Budget Resolution Agreement

The Senate gave final approval to a concurrent budget resolution when 51 Republican Senators approved the measure last Tuesday. The resolution allows for two significant actions: it allows Congress to spend more on the Defense Department while keeping a cap on domestic spending and it allows for reconciliation.

Although it is not law it is binding on the Congressional appropriations […]

How Reconciliation Could Sink Loan Forgiveness, SSBG

The concurrent resolution is binding in regard to how Congress can use the reconciliation process, although they could decide not to pass a reconciliation bill. Under the agreement it allows reconciliation but narrows it to fewer committees then what the House had proposed. Like the Senate resolution, it directs the Finance Committee and the HELP Committee to find savings […]

Brookings Discussion Talks Prevention and Financing

The Brookings Institution was the setting this past Tuesday, May 5 for a discussion “Can States Improve Children’s Health by Preventing Abuse and Neglect”. As part of discussion there was a new release of The Future of Children from Princeton and the Brookings Institution: Policies to Promote Child Health. Although the focus of the discussion was on prevention some […]