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CWLA Speaks Out on Racism and Bigotry

Last week CWLA sent a letter to the President, speaking out against the violence, hatred and biggotry demonstrated in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday August 11 and Saturday, August 12.  In a message to CWLA membership, CWLA President & CEO Christine James-Brown, told members, “As you know, a core principle of the National Blueprint for Excellence

Next Steps on Health Care: Repair or Forget It

Last week’s debate and fire on repealing the Affordable Care Act was bookended by two narrow votes of 50 to 51 and 49 to 50 with three senators being the key actors.  In between the fewer than a dozen votes cast it became clear that a replacement plan was not possible and any reforms or

Home Visiting Groups Continue Looking for Support

Last week Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) announced the introduction of a second House bill to reauthorize the home visiting program.  The HomeVisiting Works Act of  2017 would extend the program for an additional five years and, similar to the goals of the Home Visiting Coalition, it would gradually increase funding to $800 million in year

HHS Report Examines Shelter Housing Impact on Family Structure

HHS through the Office of Planning Research and Evaluation (OPRE) has released a report that takes a closer look at Child and Family Transitions among Families Experiencing Homelessness. It’s the fourth in a series of studies that uses HUD-funded Family Options Study data to look at families’ experiences in the 20 months following a shelter

Childhood Trauma: Implications for Child Welfare

On Wednesday, July 26, Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) sponsored a briefing on trauma and its impact on children.  The briefing was supported by Building Community Resilience, Redstone Center at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice. The session included remarks by briefing sponsor Congressman

Dream Act Introduced

The Dream Act of 2017 has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Called the United We Dream Act, it would offer a route to permanent legal status for millions of undocumented immigrant youth. The bill comes as ten Attorneys General sent a letter to Donald Trump

Child Care Aware Campaign

CWLA is part of the Child Care NOW! campaign led by the Woman’s National Law Center.  The Child Care NOW campaign joins together child care advocates and allies to focus on raising awareness among policymakers and the public about the child care challenges facing America today, including affordability, quality, and provider compensation. The campaign provides tools

Senate Leadership Looks For Path To Fifty

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pulled the Better Care Reconciliation Act from a vote during the Republican weekly luncheon last Tuesday, June 27 concerned that the bill would go down to defeat.  Once that happened he intensified rounds of negotiations looking at nearly $200 billion in projected savings to try and buy enough support

Adoption Stories Needed

When and if Congress moves forward on a tax package late this year or next year one of the more vulnerable tax provisions is the Adoption Tax Credit. CWLA has been a longtime supporter of this tax credit which has taken on various forms and sizes over the past two decades. At times, it has

DACA Seems to Get Extension Under New Guidance

Late on the evening of Thursday, June 15, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced what appeared to be an extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Reacting to some news reports, the Administration later said they had not made a final decision on DACA but wanted to clarify their policy in another immigration