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White House Hold Early Childhood Summit

On Wednesday, December 10, the President focused attention on early childhood education and child care with the White House Early Learning Summit.  The goal of the event was to build on recent work by the Administration over the last several years and to hopefully build momentum around early learning and get the word out about the importance of increased […]

Movie Showing of “Annie” Serves As White House Backdrop for Focus on Foster Youth

On Monday, December 8 the White House held a special event to highlight some of the recent Administration efforts in regard to youth in foster care. CWLA attended the event that was wrapped around a premier viewing of the movie Annie. The event included remarks by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Joo Yeung Chang, […]

Over 750 Signatories Endorse Home Visiting Extension

Over 750 national, tribal, state and local organizations and elected officials groups have signed onto a letter advocating for an extension of Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV).

The letter says in part, “ As diverse national, state, tribal and local organizations committed to accountable policies that both improve outcomes for vulnerable children, pregnant women and families […]

Congress Still Deliberating Budget Action

With the clock ticking toward the expiration of FY 2015 funding (December 11), Congress ended the week with an uncertain strategy toward an extension in funding. There seemed to be agreement on not shutting the government down but how that would be avoided is still not clear or final.

House Republicans, largely leading the strategy, have proposed to their own […]

SSI and Youth With Disabilities

On Tuesday, December 2, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Brookings Institution sponsored a briefing, Helping youth with disabilities flourish: Improving outcomes for children in the Supplemental Security Income program.”

The briefing focused on the issue of disabled children and youth on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their transition to adulthood with the discussion focused on how to help […]

House Passes Tax Bill, Offsets Not Required

The House of Representatives adopted a package of approximately 50 “tax extenders” that will allow a range of tax credits and breaks to continue for this year.  This year, 2014. The package costs approximately $42 billion for this one year extension and it would have to be renewed again by late next year.  The cut in federal revenue is […]

CWLA Hosts Listening Session on Financial Issues for Youth

On Monday, November 17 the Child Welfare League of America worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to sponsor a session in Virginia to discuss issues of financial challenges for youth in foster care. The event was held in Fairfax Virginia at the ICF offices and included CWLA members from Virginia and Maryland.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was […]

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 […]

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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

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