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HHS Report Outlines Shortfall in Health Screening (EPSDT) for Kids

This past November the Office of Inspector General at HHS issued an updated report on the challenges states are facing regarding the required health screening of children through Medicaid.  The IG report indicated that health screenings have increased (nationally) from 56 percent in 2006 to 63 percent in 2013, but also found that both ratios are still well below […]

New Policy Briefs Released on Immigration and Child Welfare

The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (CICW), formerly the Migration and Child Welfare National Network (MCWNN), is in the process of issuing a series of seven policy papers on a number of critical child welfare and immigration issues.  The CICW is focused on programs and policies related to immigrant children and families involved in the public child welfare […]

IOM: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

To coincide with National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) have released a PowerPoint presentation focusing on highlights of their report Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States. The presentation shares findings on how schools, law enforcement, victim services, businesses, the legal […]

Commission Hold First Hearing of 2015

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), will hold a meeting open to the public on Monday, January 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, January 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (MST) at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Individuals interested in attending the meeting in person […]

114th Congress Starts This Week

The new 114th Congress will begin this week on Tuesday.  Most of the week will be about conducting the formal start up actions.  That start up includes the selection of the various leaders, all returning from the last Congress with the Senate leaders swapping their majority/minority roles.  We will also see the formal selection of committee assignments with little […]

Potential Reauthorizations In This Congress

The next Congress will have the opportunity to reauthorize more than a dozen programs that have a significant impact on children but whether that happens seems less than likely.  Generally federal programs are reauthorized for periods of four to five years.  The reauthorization process is intended as a way to provide needed oversight but in recent years Congress has […]

Upcoming Committee Assignments

Although the new Congress starts this week, some of the key committee decisions were taking shape in the old Congress.  An official announcement on committee changes will be made sometime this week.

The all-important Senate Finance Committee had 13 Democrats and 11 Republicans. With the new Congress the powerful committee will now have 26 members instead of the current twenty-four. As a result […]

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Child Welfare Community Loses Friend in Senator Landrieu

On Saturday, December 6, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) lost her bid for re-election in a Senate run-off race in Louisiana. With her departure a long time advocate on child welfare issues will be leaving the Senate in a few days.

Although Landrieu was not on the two key committees that oversee child welfare programs, the Finance Committee and the HELP […]

Congress Finishes With Tight Appropriations Vote

After the House of Representatives narrowly passed HR 83 by a vote of 219 to 206 late on Thursday night December 11, the Senate acted late Saturday to approve the legislation (HR 83).  The package represents one of the last acts by a Congress that has been rated by some critics as one of the least productive in many […]

Legislation Fixes VAWA Tribal Provision

Last month the Senate held a hearing on a new Department of Justice report, Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive  that addressed exposure to violence by children within the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.  An issue that surfaced in the testimony and in the report recommendations was addressed was addressed by Congress last week with the passage […]

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