Davis-Young Amendment Prioritizes Parent-Incarceration Drug Treatment 

The House adopted an amendment offered by Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and Congressman Todd Young (R-IN), (and endorsed by CWLA), that will allow Justice Department funded substance abuse treatment diversion grants to focus on parents whose incarceration could result in their children entering foster care. The amendment was considered as part of the House debates on a series of opioid [...]

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, [...]

Help! HRC Child Welfare Staff Survey & Chance to Win $25 Gift Card

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation's All Children - All Families project is conducting a survey of public and private child welfare agency staff. Responses to this survey will help HRC understand your agency's experiences working with a diverse range of resource parents, volunteers and youth. Information will help inform resources and technical assistance for child welfare agencies, as well as [...]

May 16th, 2016|Categories: Children's Monitor, General, Home News|0 Comments

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 [...]

HHS Adds Supplemental Regulations of AFCARS-ICWA Regulations

On Thursday, April 7, 2016, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published an add-on in proposed regulations to last year’s (February 9, 2015) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) The original notice, and still under evaluation, are regulations that would modify the requirements for title IV-E agencies to [...]

CWLA Releases Annual National and State Fact Sheets Ahead of Summit

The Child Welfare League of America has released its annual national and state fact sheets. The state and national fact sheets are released every spring in conjunction with the national conference. The National Fact Sheet includes twelve categories that help measure how children and youth are doing based on the latest categories of data. The state factsheets mirror most of [...]

April 11th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Children's Monitor, General, Home News|0 Comments

Discussion Focuses On Growth In Use of Evidence-Based Human Services

Wednesday, March 30 Results for America and that William T Grant Foundation sponsored a Capitol Hill discussion on how to strengthen and promote the use of evidence-based practice in human services. The briefing titled Building State and Local Capacity for Evidenced-Based Policy Making: How Can the Federal Government Help, featured a panel of five individuals who have been involved in [...]

Congress Breaks, Budget-Appropriations Path Unclear

The House of Representatives joined the Senate in a Spring break this past Wednesday with a great deal of uncertainty on how Congress will move forward on appropriations.  There still is no agreement between Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS) and the Freedom Caucus on a plan to move a budget resolution and that means delay for appropriations.  After May 15, the [...]

Commission Releases Final Report On Child Fatalities

On March 17, the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) released its final report, “Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.”   Of key emphasis the commission report highlights: Infants and toddlers are at high risk of an abuse or neglect fatality compared to other age groups. They require special attention. A [...]

HELP Committee Takes Up Mental Health, Amends CAPTA

On Wednesday, March 16 the Senate HELP Committee passed out of committee S 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016.  The bill taken up was based on a staff discussion draft. In prepared remarks Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), sponsors highlighted the overall changes in the authorization legislation, Alexander said “One in five [...]