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House Passes Families First Child Welfare Bill, Senate Next Up

Bill Passes House Before House action came to a halt in response to a gun-control sit-down protest, the House of Representatives passed the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456) by a voice vote. The legislation was taken up on Tuesday, June 21 as part of the House suspension calendar which is a House method of moving bills more quickly.  [...]

House Extends TANF, Social Impact Bonds

Shortly before adopting the Family First Prevention Services Act, HR 5456, they passed a one-year extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.  The TANF law is set to expire under its current one-year extension.  The extension was a part of the larger bill, the Social Impact Partnership to Pay for Success Act, HR 5170. The bill [...]

Families First Child Welfare Bill Passes Committee, Goal To Move Quickly

The Bill Passes On Wednesday, June 15 the House Ways and Means Committee passed the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456). The legislation was adopted by a voice vote but only after more than an hour of debate that outlined some of the challenges regarding the proposal and the process. Most members, both Republicans and Democrats, praised the legislation [...]

Appropriations Will Be Front And Center, But CR More Likely

With Congress returning and approximately 27 to 24 potential days in session for the House and Senate before their summer break, appropriations bills are likely to be the prime focus. That leaves little space for addressing the Families first draft legislation unless there is some strong consensus between the two houses.  There are also some other items that might need [...]

TANF: Research, Poverty, Ways and Means On Poverty

Last week hundreds of researchers gathered in Washington for what is now a biennial event to discuss issues related to the TANF block grant.  The event, Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) provided two and a half days of discussion around assistance to TANF families, education and training, youth development, immigrant families and child care. Last month on May [...]

White House Hosts Hackathon

On Thursday, May 26, the White House capped off May as National Foster Care Month with a two-day “White House and Foster Care and Technology Hackathon.” The event sought to bring together child welfare leaders, organizations, families and foster alumni into a meeting with engineers and leaders from the technology sector. As part of the event the White House announced [...]

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 [...]