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

President’s Extraordinary Remarks Launches My Brother’s Keeper

On Thursday, February 27 President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum creating the “My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.” The action will create an interagency effort, chaired by Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, that will determine what public and private efforts are working and how to expand them. The President spoke to the need to have an […]

By |March 5th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor, General, Home News|Tags: |0 Comments|

Commission Members On Child Fatalities Raise Wide Array of Concerns

Last week the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities held its first meeting with all twelve members participating in a vigorous discussion on the issues and challenges before the group.

Part of the agenda was allocated to comments by some of the architects of the legislation that created the commission. Staff from the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor, General|Tags: |0 Comments|

CAPTA’s Precarious Link To Requirements and Data

When the budget is released tomorrow it will likely maintain CAPTA state grants at its current funding level of just under $26 million. It represents a gradual erosion of funding of a program that is part of a law originally created in 1974 to help the nation address the way we recognized and address child maltreatment taking place behind […]

By |March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Budget, Children's Monitor, Prevention|Tags: |0 Comments|

Senate & Budget to Focus on Child Care

Child care will get some special attention this week when the Senate begins debate on a reauthorization (S. 1086) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), and the President unveils his budget on Tuesday.

S. 1086 would be the first reauthorization of CCDBG since the 1996 welfare reform law was adopted. It was selected by Senate Majority Leader […]

By |March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor, General|Tags: |0 Comments|

ACTION ALERT: Call Congress to Pass the Adoption Incentives Program Reauthorization

Concern: Congress is dragging their feet to pass the bipartisan Adoption Incentives reauthorization and the Family Connections Grants (which have now expired). The delay has already caused us to lose the funding that was found for the Family Connections Grants to be extended.

Action: Call your U.S. Senators and Representative. Call the Capitol switchboard to be connected, dial 202-224-3121.

Message: Congress should finish their work to extend the bipartisan […]

By |February 6th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor, General|Tags: |0 Comments|

CW Funding Continues to Erode in 2014

Before leaving for the Martin Luther King holiday, Congress completed action on an omnibus bill, HR 3547, which provides funding for each of the 12 appropriations bills. The two chairs of the appropriations committees, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Congressman Hal Rodgers (R-KY) worked over the previous weekend to complete writing the most controversial parts of the bills (including Labor-HHS-Education) […]

By |January 21st, 2014|Categories: Budget, Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

Senate Finance Committee Adopts Bill on Adoption Incentives, Trafficking

On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Finance Committee passed the “Supporting At-Risk Children Act of 2013.” The legislation bundled together a reauthorization of the adoption incentives fund, new legislative language to address domestic sex trafficking through child welfare, and provisions that deal with child support collection including provisions to address international treaties.

The adoption incentives fund requirements differ from a […]

CMS Issues Final Rule on the ACA and Foster Care

On July 5th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility, benefits, and enrollment rules. While the final rule does not cover all of the topics in theproposed rule issued in February, it does focus on the changes that are most […]

By |July 12th, 2013|Categories: Children's Monitor, Health, Older, Youth|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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