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

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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Congress Working On Funding Extension Through December 10

Congress will attempt to adopt a continuing resolution through December 10 or 11 this week but that timetable could become more complicated. The House was to act on a measure this past week but it has been delayed by the President’s request to extend authority and some funding for the Administration’s […]

Congressional Problems With Spending on Child Welfare

Posted on August 11, 2014 by JS

It happened again, just before Congress left for the summer break on July 31, Congress gave children in foster care their heartfelt support but were much more limited in their financial support. In blocking passage of the child welfare bill, HR 4980, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act,’ Senator Tom Coburn offered several criticisms […]

By |August 18th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

Pre-K Nation Summit in New York City

Posted on August 11, 2014 by JS

On Tuesday, August 5, New York City became the site for a “Preschool Nation Summit.” The summit, the first one, was a bicoastal event broadcast through a webinar presented by Scholastic Inc based in New York City. The nation’s largest city was an appropriate setting since Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign that included […]

By |August 18th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor|Tags: |0 Comments|

Funding to Address Unaccompanied Minors Crisis May Wait Until Fall Session

Congress will likely make this week their last week before they leave for the August break and that will happen regardless of the unaccompanied minor issue. Going into this week there are three general proposals: the President’s, the Senate’s and the House’s. It seems certain that none of them can garner enough votes to get through both houses and […]

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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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