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Appropriations Update, Challenge in Senate

Late last week the House of Representatives was working on the Transportation,  Housing and Urban Development and other agencies (THUD) appropriations bill trying to make it the fourth bill to pass the House. There are twelve appropriations bills (and an annual Defense Department reauthorization that gets adopted at the same time) that need to be passed when the process […]

Child Welfare Bill Draft Still Open For Comment

Senator Wyden is still seeking input on his discussion draft bill.  The discussion draft  would build on the Administration’s FY 2016 budget request that seeks to expand the use of the foster care “candidacy” category as a methodology to provide home and community based  services for children who have not yet been placed into foster care.  The proposal and […]

Groups Endorse Administration Budget Ideas

A letter in support of the President’s budget request for greater funding in some child welfare services has collected over 160 organizational sign-ons.  The Administration’s FY 2016 budget request includes a number of proposals including the expansion of services to help prevent foster care placements as well as some limited funding for post-permanence funding.  The budget request also includes […]

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act Signed

On May 29, the President signed into law the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (Public Law No: 114-22)

The legislation would do several things, mainly through Department of Justice (DOJ) programs and actions. Among the provisions:

imposes a federal fine of $5,000 on people convicted of slavery or trafficking, sexual abuse; sexual exploitation and other abuse of children;


establishes the Domestic […]

Finance Committee Examines Congregate Care


On Tuesday, May 19, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the use of congregate care. The hearing was titled, “No Place to Grow Up: How to Safely Reduce Reliance on Foster Care Group Homes.” The hearing focused on the desire to make sure that children do not grow up or stay in what is generally referred to […]

White House Highlights Champions From Foster Care

For the second time in four days, on Tuesday, May 19, the White House was the center for a discussion on foster care. This event was framed around the Champions of Change program in which the White House recognized 12 young people who had been in foster care at some point in their lives. The format included two panel […]

Groups Release Recommendations on Protecting Children from Trauma

On Tuesday, May 20 more than a dozen groups led by Futures Without Violence released their new recommendations called, Safe, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Policy recommendations to ensure children thrive in supportive communities free from violence and trauma. The recommendations focus on seven goals:

*     invest early in parents and young children;

*     help schools promote positive school climates, be […]

Youth Villages, MDRC Discuss Research on Youth Transition

Youth Villages and Results for America convened a roundtable of experts to discuss the findings from a newly released evaluation by MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research firm, on the promising interim results of Youth Villages’ transitional living program called YVLifeSet.

Becoming Adults, by MDRC examined the YVLife Set model that is intended to help young people […]

House Committee Approves Evidence-Based Commission

On Tuesday, May 19, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved legislation that would establish a congressional commission to examine how evidence and data can assist in reviewing federal programs and tax expenditures.

The legislation is bipartisan and sponsored by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WS) Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Ranking Member […]

White House Sponsors Discussion on Prevention of Foster Care

On Friday morning May 15, the White House sponsored a forum that focused attention on the topic of preventing placement of children in foster care. The discussion included more than 60 individuals representing national organizations (including the Child Welfare League of America), federal officials, state representatives and individuals affected by the child welfare system.

Part of the discussion focused 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

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