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Details on CARA Act-Drug Legislation

The final conference report on the “CARA” legislation includes changes under nine titles.  Its emphasis, unlike past anti-drug initiatives, is more on prevention and treatment. It is a distance from some of the efforts of the 1980s when crack-cocaine was attracting all the attention in regard to substance use.  Actions then and into the 1990s were more focused on interdiction [...]

Families First Doesn’t Get Vote As Congress Leaves

Wait Until September Congress left last week to start one of their longest summer breaks in decades.  As they departed they were unable to get final action on the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456) (Conference Report 114-628).  The legislation has been endorsed by CWLA. All week long, bill sponsors had attempted to reach unanimous consent to move the [...]

CCAI Interns Offer Legislative Proposals to Washington Policymakers

On Tuesday, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) held their annual unveiling of their policy report.  The report and the panel of speakers are the result of the 2016 CCAI Foster Youth Internship Program® class. The policy report, Powerful Voices: Sharing Our Stories to Reform Child Welfare includes 22 policy recommendation by the 12 foster youth interns who spent [...]

CWLA Endorses Bill to Coordinate Juvenile Justice-Child Welfare Link

On Wednesday, July 13 a bipartisan bill was introduced by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) to encourage coordination between state child welfare and juvenile justice systems in addressing the needs of vulnerable youth caught between the two systems. The Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams (Connect Act) would authorize grants targeted to improve both cooperation [...]

Families First Status Discussions Continue

Holding Pattern in Senate Last week efforts to adopt the House version of the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456) (Conference Report 114-628) continued but success has stalled—at least temporarily.  By week’s end the only thing that was clear is that they had not yet reached unanimous support for the bill and passing it.  Senate unanimous consent is the [...]

Coalition Launches Effort to Assist Homeless Youth Avoid JJ

The Coalition on Juvenile Justice has launched Collaborating for Change: Addressing Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice, a project with two main goals: to decrease the likelihood that homeless youth become involved with the juvenile justice system; and to prevent youth homelessness among justice-involved youth. The project is a collaboration between the Coalition and with project partners, the National Network for Youth and the National League [...]

Families First Status Discussions Continue Later This Week

Holding Pattern in Senate The Senate comes back mid-week for the waning days of the summer session.  Plans are to depart by July 15 with no return until post-Labor Day.  As a result, last week there were on-going discussions involving various organizations, foundations, and government representatives with some state and local governments and advocacy groups to develop consensus on the [...]

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.  [...]

Education-HHS Offer Guidance on Foster Care student Access to Education

On Thursday the Education Department and HHS issued guidance, Non-Regulatory Guidance:  Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care  that is intended to help implement new provisions of the reauthorized Education and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that seek to protect the education access for student who are also in foster care.  The guidance includes 40 questions and answers on key [...]

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 [...]