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

White House Highlights Efforts On Substance Abuse

Late last week the White House circulated an announcement highlighting Administration’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic in 2015. It is a topic that is certain to get greater focus in the February budget and [...]

President Delivers Final State of the Union, Budget Due February 9

The President will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12 for the final time in his presidency. The speech is expected to be more general in tone than in the past [...]

Congress Has Slow Start To Year

With just the House in session last week,  Congress conducted limited business. The most significant action was the House passage of a reconciliation bill that had been carried over from last year.  The reconciliation bill [...]

2016 Congressional Session Short and Uncertain

When Congress returns this week it will mark the beginning of a very short congressional calendar.  The President is scheduled to deliver his last State of the Union address on January12 which will unofficially begin [...]

2016 Budget Is Final

On Tuesday night Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS) announced a final budget deal that wraps up appropriations for the rest of fiscal year 2016.  The House approved the package in parts with approval of the appropriations, [...]

ESEA Changes on Foster Care & Homeless Youth

The new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act,  with a text that runs over one thousand pages includes a number of long sought after reforms [...]


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