CWLA Completes 2015 National Conference

The CWLA 2015 National Conference took place in Washington DC with over 60 workshops and additional super sessions, plenary speakers and recognition of various champions.  The Conference was also the setting for the official release of the 2015 CWLA Legislative Agenda. CWLA members went to Capitol Hill emphasizing three topics:  Protect Vital Human Services in the Budget and Appropriations […]

CWLA Recognizes Congressional Advocates on Children’s Issues

CWLA recognized three members of Congress for their advocacy and work over the past year.  Senator Patty Murray was recognized on Monday as a Congressional Champion for her on going work on behalf of children.  As the Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education she has been a […]

Congress Reaches Budget Resolution Agreement

Republican negotiators reached final budget resolution as described here on the House Budget Committee site.  Last week there was some back and forth between House and Senate Republicans about some spending issues but all the hold-ups were cleared and by week’s end it was passed by the House by a vote of 226-197 late Thursday.

The resolution does allow Congress […]

Bipartisan Juvenile Justice Bill Reintroduced


In light of last week’s hearings, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse have reintroduced a bill from the last Congress that would reauthorize the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The legislation carries over some of the reforms included in that legislation which was introduced at the end of last year. It also incorporates greater accountability related […]

CWLA Begins Conference, Asks For Virtual Hill Day Action

The CWLA 2015 National Conference starts on Sunday, April 26 with over 60 workshops and additional sessions, presentations, meetings and events beginning the next day.  One of the main features will be Tuesday, April 28, Hill Day in which members are asked to go to Capitol Hill to meet their members of Congress to educate them on key child […]

Senate Frees Trafficking Bill, Adds CAPTA Requirements

Last week the Senate passed S 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Before passing the bill senators added several amendments including additional requirements under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) along with several other amendments.

The legislation had been caught up in a debate over abortion and the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. The […]

Prevent Child Abuse America & CWLA Paper Flags Low CAPTA Funding

On April 23, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) released a new Capitol Hill brief, A Call to Action for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.  The paper highlights the fact that the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) provides an average of only 32 cents per child per year […]

Senators To Justice: Hold States Accountable, Update Regulations on JJ

On Tuesday, April 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing Improving Accountability and Oversight of Juvenile Justice Grants Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) with a focus on some recent whistleblower complaints alleging a lack of enforcement by the federal government in requiring states to meet the JJDPA requirements. Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA)  sent a letter to the Office […]

Congress Moving Toward Appropriations Process

Republican negotiators were getting closer to reaching an agreement on a concurrent budget resolution or one resolution that combines the House and Senate versions (H. Con Res 27 and S. Con. Res. 11 ).  Regardless of that negotiation the appropriations committees were beginning the process that should require them to pass 12 separate bills by October 1.  The appropriations […]

Home Visiting and CHIP Extended For Two Years

Late last Tuesday the Senate gave final approval to the Medicare SRG “doc fix” and in doing so also extended by two years the home visiting program (Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting—MIECHV) and the CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program).  The Senate followed the House in an overwhelming vote of approval by 92 to 8.  All eight votes […]