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federal policy in progress and analyzing its impact
on child welfare.

New Child Trends Report Updates Child Welfare Spending Patterns

 Child Trends has released their latest report on state and federal child welfare spending, Federal, State and Local Spending to Address Child Abuse and Neglect in SFY 2012 . The report shows a total of $12.7 billion in federal funds spent in 2012 on child welfare services—a decrease from two years earlier. The state and local spending includes an additional $15 […]

By |October 7th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

President Signs Incentive Fund, Sex Trafficking Legislation

 On Monday, September 29, President Obama signed HR 4980 (PL 113-183, read the CWLA summary) the bill extends, expands and reauthorizes the adoption incentive program and extends the family connections grants by one year through FY 2014. It was critical that the President signed the bill before the end of the fiscal year so the funds could be released. […]

By |October 7th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

Commission on Child Fatalities Holds Hearings

On Monday and Tuesday of last week the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities brought their hearings to Denver, Colorado. Part of the session, as was the case in previous hearing sites, was to examine their host state’s challenges and strategies. The Commission heard from the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Colorado Department of Public Health […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

TANF Data Eligibility Report Released

HHS has released a new database report on some of the basic eligibility requirements under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program. The report and tables are based on information from the Welfare Rules Database (WRD) which is a publicly available database.

TANF, particularly in the use of “child-only” grants, plays a significant role in child welfare with […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

Sen. Rockefeller Pushes CHIP Reauthorization

Shortly before leaving for the elections on September 16, the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), due for reauthorization next fiscal year. The Subcommittee Chairman, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) a key drafter of the original legislation praised the program and the need to act on its extension very soon. Rockefeller […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

CCDBG Blocked In Senate, Next Vote November 13

One of the many pieces of unfinished business Congress left behind last week was a reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The Senate had passed their version of a reauthorization on March 13, when the legislation passed by a vote of 96 to two. When a deal was announced with the House members of the […]

By |September 25th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|


On Thursday, September 18, CWLA unveiled a new policy discussion paper on TANF and Kinship Care:

“The Intersection Between Kinship Care and TANF: Policy Questions and Proposals.” The paper was published at the CWLA National Kinship Care Conference and is designed to engage a discussion of how TANF funds are used and how to better serve families providing kinship care.

Across […]

By |September 25th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|


Across the nation, child welfare services and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant are intricately linked. TANF, the 1996 replacement for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), is a critical funding source for child welfare services while also being the main source of cash assistance to many of the same or similar families. A series […]

By |September 23rd, 2014|Categories: Advocacy Hot Topic, Kinship Care|Tags: |0 Comments|

HR 4980 Reauthorization Plus Much More

HR 4980 in its earliest version extended the Adoption Incentive program that awards funding to states that increase the number of adoptions from foster care. The bill extends the authorization by three year through 2015 (fiscal year 2013 is about to end in a few days). It also creates a new target of adolescents to be adopted (a group […]

By |September 23rd, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

H.R. 4980 Passes Congress! Awaits President’s Signature

 Late on Thursday night, September 18, the Senate gave final approval to HR 4980, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.’ The main piece of the legislation reauthorizes the Adoption Incentive Fund for three years and extends it to guardianship placements.
The passage of the bill may not have happened had it not been for an outpouring of […]

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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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