THE CHILDREN’S MONITOR

CWLA’s online publication dedicated to summarizing
federal policy in progress and analyzing its impact
on child welfare.

Supreme Court Upholds Child Abuse Evidence Via Mandatory Reporter

On Thursday, June 18 the Supreme Court upheld the use of a child’s comments to a mandatory child abuse reporter (a teacher) in the trial of his abuser.  The ruling Ohio V Clark  was 9 to 0 with Justice Alito writing the main opinion with a separate opinion by Thomas and a third opinion by Scalia and Ginsburg.

The Supreme […]

Joint Briefing Paper Highlights Tribal Disproportionality In Juvenile Justice

The Coalition on Juvenile Justice and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute have published a new brief paper, “American Indian/Alaska Native Youth & Status Offense Disparities: A Call For Tribal Initiatives, Coordination & Federal Funding.”

The paper examines the overrepresentation of American Indian and Alaskan Native youth in the nation’s juvenile justice system. The research indicates that these young people are almost […]

Republicans Discuss Options on ACA, CBO: Repeal Will Cost Money and Coverage

With time running out on this session’s Supreme Court term, Republican senators are discussing their options on how to react to a possible court ruling that would cut-off potentially 6.4 million people from their health insurance tax credits. At the same time the Congressional Budget Office said in an updated review that repeal of the ACA would increase the […]

House Subcommittee Moves Labor-HHS Bill

Operating under budget caps and an allocation $3 billion below 2014 funding, on Wednesday, June 17 the House Appropriations Subcommittee approved a funding bill for 2016. The bill is still in draft form until the full report is prepared for full committee deliberation.

The House draft avoids some of the controversial cuts of the recent past although it’s still de-funds […]

Bipartisan Bill Would Amend Education Law to Assist Foster Children

On Friday, June 19, 2015, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced a key bipartisan measure, the Educational Stability of Foster Youth Act. The bill is an attempt to align federal education law with was enacted under child welfare law, Title IV-E in 2008. The bill would:

 

Ensure that children can remain in their original school when […]

Injury Deaths in the US Assessed

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) have released a new injury prevention policy report. The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report,   The study is a report card based of 10 key indicators of leading evidence-based strategies that help reduce injuries and violence.

One person dies from an injury every three minutes […]

Karabelle Pizzigati

On Thursday, June 11, Karabelle Pizzigati passed away. Karabelle was the CWLA public policy director from 1993 to 2000. During her time as director she led efforts to pass major legislation including the Multiethnic Placement act (1994) which prevents discrimination in Title IV-E services, and the Adoption and Safe Families Act (1997), which creates timelines for moving children to […]

Appropriations Update: Labor-HHS Up This Week

The House Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a Labor-HHS appropriations bill for FY 2016 on Wednesday.  Any real debate is likely to be delayed for the full committee later in the week or month.

As of last week the House had sent six appropriations bills to the Senate:  Commerce-State-Justice (HR 2578), Energy and Water (HR 2028), Legislative Branch (HR 2250), […]

Preschool Children Have a Higher Expulsion Rates Than K-12

Research, by the Foundation for Child Development, indicates that 3 and 4 year old children are being expelled from preschool at a rate higher than school children in grades K through 12.  The research was a focus of a briefing on Capitol Hill briefing on Thursday, June 12.  The event was hosted by Zero to Three and the National […]

Ways and Means Committee Hearing, Ramp Up for ACA Fight?

On Wednesday, June 10, the House Ways and Means Committee held what was to be the Committee’s annual review of the Administration’s proposed changes for HHS (including proposals addressing child welfare) but instead the event may be a precursor for a coming fight over health care reform.  With the Supreme Court in the last weeks of its session, a […]


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FEDERAL FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT CORNER

The Children’s Bureau recently released the following funding announcements:

Diligent Recruitment of Families for Children in the Foster Care System

Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development Grants

Child Welfare Training: The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

Child Welfare Training: The National Center for Child Welfare Curriculum Development on Evidence Based Treatment Services

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