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No Change On Families First Act As Fall Session Winds Down

There was no news regarding the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456, Conference Report 114-628) as time in this session winds down to a pre-election pause. There were on-going discussions regarding potential amendments and verbal or written assurances to fix the legislation but there did not seem to be any clear indication that the bill could [...]

House Passes A JJDPA Reauthorization

While a Senate bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has been held up in the Senate by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill last Thursday on H.R. 5963, the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016. The bill was voted out of the House Committee on Education [...]

Preventing Child Abuse the Focus on Capitol Hill

KPJR films along with Prevent Child Abuse America held a Capitol Hill briefing, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.  The briefing focused on a new documentary on child abuse and neglect but included a panel discussion on prevention of child maltreatment. Resilience is a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  The film explains the [...]

Shrinking Spending For Children, Child Welfare: 2 Percent of 10 Percent

On Tuesday, September 20, the Urban Institute was the scene for a discussion of the 10th annual report on how federal spending for children’s programs is doing in Washington DC budgeting. The Kids Share  Report and a panel discussion that accompanied the release of the report suggests that children are not doing well, at least when it comes to federal [...]

Brookings Brings Key Participants to Discuss TANF

On Thursday, September 22, the Brookings Institute hosted a day long discussion, The 20th anniversary of welfare reform: Lessons and takeaways., Along with the Brookings Institution, the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. The daylong session broke out the analysis and discussion along the lines of, child well-being, marriage and families, work and poverty, and state policy choices.  Speakers [...]

Time Winding Down, Foster Care Up, Debates On FFA Continue, Oregon an Eye Into the Challenges

The best news regarding the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456, Conference Report 114-628) is that Congress did not get a budget deal and adjourn last week giving supporters and opponents at least one more week to find a path forward. Behind the scenes discussions have continued but it is unclear if the discussions and advocacy [...]

New Census Shows Significant Progress In Poverty, Income and Insurance

On Tuesday, September 13, the US Census Bureau released their annual data with some surprisingly positive results. The number of insured and the median income rose while the poverty rate decreased. The overall poverty rate now stands at 13.5 percent, a decrease of 1.2 percentage points between 2014 and 2015.  That represents the biggest percentage point drop in poverty since [...]

Discussion Focuses On Poverty Reduction Strategies

The Urban Institute, in collaboration with the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics, brought together experts with different perspectives to discuss their thoughts on successful strategies for reducing poverty. The panel included Uma Ahluwalia, Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County, Maryland, Heather Hahn, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute, Angela Rachidi, American Enterprise Institute, [...]

Head Start Impact Documented by Brookings

You may have missed it in August but the Brooking Institute released important findings and conclusions about the Head Start program with, The Long-Term Impact of the Head Start Program. In the past some critics of Head Start have argued that the benefits of Head Start “fade-out” as the child moves further into grade school and away from their Head [...]

Plenary Sessions Outline the challenges and Needed Responses

More than 550 attendees at the CWLA Conference were welcomed by opening remarks of Commissioner Rafael Lopez, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), HHS.  Lopez offered praise to the many participants made up of state and local agencies and service providers.  In his first day comments he said that what was most important and effective is to “help families [...]