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Senate Hearing Focuses on Tribal Mental Health Trauma Issues

On Wednesday, November 19, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on “Protecting Our Children’s Mental Health: Preventing and Addressing Childhood Trauma in Indian Country.” The hearing took place one day after the Department of Justice’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Exposed to Violence released a scheduled report. The 258 page report, Ending Violence […]

Senate Finishes Child Care and President Signs

On November 17, the Senate gave final approval to a reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 by a vote of 96 to 2. The vote represented the first time the law had been reauthorized since 1996 when it was extended and adopted as part of that year’s creation of the TANF block grant. […]

Congress Uncertain on Next Fiscal Year Steps

Congressional leaders are still unsettled on a strategy for funding the government for the rest of FY 2015 but the House leadership has set a start date for the 114th Congress. Current year funding is running out on December 11, and while it was hoped Congress would adopt funding for the rest of the fiscal year which ends on […]

By |November 24th, 2014|Categories: Advocacy, Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

IM Issued On Cross Between Child Welfare and Runaway Youth

On November 4, the Children’s Bureau (CB) and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) released ACYF-CB/FYSB-IM-14-1, an informational memorandum that provides oversight and guidance on youth who run from foster care and come in contact with runaway and homeless youth programs.  Noting that youth age 12 through 17 move between the two federally funded programs, the IM emphasized […]

Voice For Adoption Honors Families on Capitol Hill

At an event that took place on Wednesday, November 12 the adoption advocacy group Voice for Adoption launched their 10th annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project.  The annual Capitol Hill event honors families formed through adoption from foster care.

To launch the project, family photos and adoption stories are displayed at a reception.  During the Month, participating members of Congress display in their […]

By |November 19th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor, Home News|Tags: |0 Comments|

What Is Left For the 113th Congress

The United States Congress returns this week after Veterans Day, for the first time since late September. Last week’s election set the stage for a new power structure which will have a great deal of influence on what this Congress does in the remaining weeks of 113th Congress.

One of the first orders of business will be what to do […]

By |November 10th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

Reconciliation, The Next Congress and Child Welfare

When the new 114th Congress starts up on January 3, there will be at least 52 and possibly 54 Senate Republicans in the majority. On the House side Republicans may have at least 243 pending more than a dozen races where votes were still being counted. They went into the election with 233 seats. In the Senate, two races, […]

By |November 10th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

Additional Activities For National Adoption Month

Following up on the President’s proclamation in recognition of November as National Adoption Month

As part of Adoption Month, You Gotta Believe a New York City-based adoption organization has released this video regarding the adoption of older youth from foster care.

In addition the Every Child Deserves a Family Coalition, is encouraging organizations to highlight adoption, as well as how the […]

By |November 10th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

National Caregivers Month

President Obama has issued a presidential proclamation recognizing November as National Caregivers Month.

In the proclamation the President said, “Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our country, parents and children, siblings and spouses, friends and neighbors heroically […]

By |November 10th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

White House Announces Summit on Early Education

This week (Wednesday, October 29) the White House announced they will be holding a Summit on Early Childhood Education. President Obama will host the White House Summit that will include a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, advocacy and elected leaders, as well as other stakeholders who are committed to expanding access to high-quality early education. The White House announcement […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

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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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