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Budget Tomorrow—Cuts Expected

The Administration is expected to release the 2018 budget on Tuesday, May 23. That budget will provide the specifics of the significant cuts the President had proposed in March.  It should also shine some light on other parts of the President’s proposals including his tax cut package and possible government reorganization and reductions.  The 2018

Immigration Statement

The Child Welfare League of America has joined onto a Five Principles to Guide Any Changes to Immigration Law, Policy or Procedure. Joining with other national, state and local organizations, the signatories agree that children require special care in any immigration legislation including legislation that may deal with increased enforcement.  The statement highlights 5 key

Respite Bill Reauthorization Introduced

A bill to reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Care Program at $15 million a year for five years has been reintroduced in the Senate and House.  The bill is being sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WS) in the Senate and in the House by Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Congressman Greg

Quality Child Care Shows Long Term Results

By Shellie Parrish Quality child care for disadvantaged children can result in significant economic and social gains later in life according to new research.  The conclusion is the result of new findings by Professor James Heckman, University of Chicago. The study displayed the correlation between access to quality child care and earned income of children

Domestic Violence and Impact on Health and Well Being

On Tuesday May 2, there was a Capitol Hill briefing, Public Health Crisis: Solutions to Violence and Abuse focused on the impact of domestic violence over a lifetime. The briefing was cohosted by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse and Futures Without Violence. Speakers included representatives from the Centers on Disease Control and

The 5th National GrandRally

The 5th National GrandRally is coming in a few days and registration is still open! The GrandRally for grandparents and other relatives raising children will be on May 10, 2017 on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is an opportunity to elevate for Members of Congress and the public the critical

Administration Releases Broad Outlines of Tax Package

Last week the Administration unveiled a broad outline of what they are seeking in terms of tax changes and tax reforms. The press conference and the one page document that the White House released provided only the broadest of indications of what they are seeking to do. Those changes revolve around simplifying the tax code

Urban Institute Examines State Spending on Children

Last week the Urban Institute released new research comparing the disparity between states when it comes to state spending on children.   According to study author, Julie Isaacs, “These wide disparities in public investment raise concerns about whether children nationwide are on equal footing…Though children’s outcomes are affected by many factors, health and education outcomes tend

Financial Literacy and Youth in Foster Care

Last week the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth held a panel presentation and discussion on, Financial Literacy and Consumer Credit Issues facing Transition-Age Youth. Participants included: Carol Behrer, Executive Director of the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) a state organization focused on improving youth policy and practice, particularly as it relates to system-involved and

Meet Your Member of Congress

With Congress headed into a two-week break, it will be the biggest opportunity for voters to meet their member since last year’s election.   Go visit your Member of Congress at the next town hall!  Families USA has a calendar that can tell you when your Member of Congress is back home and ready to hear