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Bipartisan Juvenile Justice Bill Reintroduced


In light of last week’s hearings, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse have reintroduced a bill from the last Congress that would reauthorize the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The legislation carries over some of the reforms included in that legislation which was introduced at the end of last year. It also incorporates greater accountability related […]

CWLA Begins Conference, Asks For Virtual Hill Day Action

The CWLA 2015 National Conference starts on Sunday, April 26 with over 60 workshops and additional sessions, presentations, meetings and events beginning the next day.  One of the main features will be Tuesday, April 28, Hill Day in which members are asked to go to Capitol Hill to meet their members of Congress to educate them on key child […]

Senate Frees Trafficking Bill, Adds CAPTA Requirements

Last week the Senate passed S 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Before passing the bill senators added several amendments including additional requirements under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) along with several other amendments.

The legislation had been caught up in a debate over abortion and the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. The […]

Prevent Child Abuse America & CWLA Paper Flags Low CAPTA Funding

On April 23, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) released a new Capitol Hill brief, A Call to Action for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.  The paper highlights the fact that the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) provides an average of only 32 cents per child per year […]

Senators To Justice: Hold States Accountable, Update Regulations on JJ

On Tuesday, April 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing Improving Accountability and Oversight of Juvenile Justice Grants Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) with a focus on some recent whistleblower complaints alleging a lack of enforcement by the federal government in requiring states to meet the JJDPA requirements. Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA)  sent a letter to the Office […]

Congress Moving Toward Appropriations Process

Republican negotiators were getting closer to reaching an agreement on a concurrent budget resolution or one resolution that combines the House and Senate versions (H. Con Res 27 and S. Con. Res. 11 ).  Regardless of that negotiation the appropriations committees were beginning the process that should require them to pass 12 separate bills by October 1.  The appropriations […]

Home Visiting and CHIP Extended For Two Years

Late last Tuesday the Senate gave final approval to the Medicare SRG “doc fix” and in doing so also extended by two years the home visiting program (Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting—MIECHV) and the CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program).  The Senate followed the House in an overwhelming vote of approval by 92 to 8.  All eight votes […]

HELP Committee Moves ESEA Legislation Out Of Committee

On Thursday, April 16 the Senate HELP Committee gave a unanimous vote of approval to a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  The unnumbered bill is called the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.  It would replace the current ESEA reauthorization more commonly known as the “No Child Left Behind Act.”  The unanimous vote […]

Negotiations Continue On Budget Resolution

Both houses have named their Budget Committee conference committee members but any final deal will be driven by what Republican members can build a consensus around.  While both resolutions (H. Con Res 27 and S. Con. Res. 11 ) have a great deal in common, significant defense spending increases, cuts between $5.5 trillion to $4.5 trillion, leaving in place […]

Tax Day, President Promotes Child Care Tax Credit, New Report Released

The President used April 15, tax day to highlight his proposed expansion of a child care expansion proposal first unveiled in January.  The President called for an expanded child care credit which is designed to compliment and wrap around federal child care funding.  The current child care tax credit would be expanded for families with children under 5 years […]

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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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