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 […]

Senate Finance Hearing Adds to Collection of May Child Welfare Events

May is National Foster Care Month and as a result there have been a number of events on and around Capitol Hill focusing attention on child welfare in an effort to highlight issues around out of home care.

On Tuesday the Senate Finance Committee will add to the focus by holding a hearing.  It will focus attention group/congregate/residential care.  Congressional […]

White House To Highlight Child Welfare Champions On Tuesday, Watch

On Tuesday, May 19th, the White House will honor twelve former foster youth as “Champions of Change” because they are making a difference in their communities. The program will feature remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity Roy L. Austin Jr. The honorees include:

Nicole Dobbins, Executive […]

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 […]

CWLA Begins Conference, Asks For Virtual Hill Day Action

The CWLA 2015 National Conference starts on Sunday, April 26 with over 60 workshops and additional sessions, presentations, meetings and events beginning the next day.  One of the main features will be Tuesday, April 28, Hill Day in which members are asked to go to Capitol Hill to meet their members of Congress to educate them on key child […]

HHS Will Seek Comments on ICWA AFCARS Issues

ACF has followed the recent request for comments on revised AFCARS data reporting with a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on additional (Indian Child Welfare Act) ICWA-Related Data Elements.  On April 2 the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released a notice of intent to publish a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) related to the Adoption and Foster […]

House and Senate Pass Budget Resolutions, To Negotiate Differences

Last week both the House and Senate passed their budget resolutions setting up a negotiation over the spring break.  On Wednesday, March 25 the House of Representatives gave final approval to their version of a budget resolution (H. Con Res 27). The resolution passed with Republican votes only.  It passed by a vote of 228 to 199.  The passage […]

Doc Fix Would Extend Home Visiting, CHIP, Medicaid TMA, Teen Pregnancy

On Thursday, March 26 the House of Representatives took up the SRG “doc fix” bill and passed it in overwhelming bipartisan fashion by a vote of 392 to 37. The legislation (HR 2), if enacted, will not only permanently replace what has become an almost annual ritual of supplanting the current provider payments through Medicare with a temporary restoration, […]

HHS Seeks Comments on Financial Forms Including Adoption Savings

On Monday, March 30 the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) posted a request for comments regarding financial forms that allow states and tribes to report program expenditures made in the preceding fiscal quarter and to estimate program expenditures to be made in the upcoming fiscal quarter. This form also allows states and tribes to report the actual and […]