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The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) endorses the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.”

On Monday, July 7 the Child Welfare League of America formally endorsed the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.” The legislation extends the Adoption Incentives Fund for three years, provides a current-year extension to the Family Connections Grants, strengthens provisions that direct states to re-invest state savings from the expansion of federal funding for Adoption Assistance program, and […]

House Subcommittee Looks At Child Abuse Issues On Spirit Lake Reservation

Just before Congress broke for the July 4 holiday, the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs of the Natural Resources Committee exercised its jurisdictional authority to conduct a hearing on recent child welfare and child abuse problems on the Spirit Lake reservation. Spirit Lake is an Indian reservation of approximately 6,600 residents lying within the North Dakota […]

Days of Congressional Action Before November Dwindles

With Congress returning after the July 4th holiday break, the number of days left to legislate is dwindling to less than 30 actual days. The House is scheduled to be in session for 28 more days before the November election while the Senate (being less specific) is likely to be in for a similar number of days. Both houses […]

By |July 6th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor, General|Tags: |0 Comments|

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities to Hold Public Meeting in Tampa, Florida

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The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a federal advisory committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (P. L. 112-275), will hold there next meeting next week.If youwant to participate register now!

Meeting time: Thursday, July 10, 2014, from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. EDT.
Location: Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 East Palm Avenue, Tampa, […]

House-Senate Committees OK Adoption-Family Connection-Youth Bill

On Thursday, June 26, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee announced an agreement on legislation to reauthorize the adoption incentives fund, the Family Connections grants, and to provide changes in state requirements regarding youth in foster care. This includes new requirements to screen child victims of sex trafficking. The legislation, “the Preventing Sex Trafficking […]

By |June 30th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor, General|Tags: |0 Comments|

Bill Introduced Based on Annie E Casey Finance Proposal

On Thursday, June 19 Congressman James Langevin (D-RI) introduced the Permanent Families for All Act, legislation that would implement parts of the Annie E Casey child welfare finance proposal. The bill would do away with the current link to the 1996 AFDC program in determining a child’s eligibility for federal foster care funding (de-link) but it would accomplish that by […]

Completion of Adoption Incentives Reauthorization Hoped for Spring

Now that the new leadership of the Senate Finance Committee is settling in, there is the possibility that the Congress can finalize the Adoption Incentives reauthorization in the coming weeks.

In October the House of Representatives approved the “Promoting Adoption and Legal Guardianship for Children in Foster Care Act” (H.R. 3205). The bill was passed on suspension, skipping the normal debate process […]

President’s Extraordinary Remarks Launches My Brother’s Keeper

On Thursday, February 27 President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum creating the “My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.” The action will create an interagency effort, chaired by Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, that will determine what public and private efforts are working and how to expand them. The President spoke to the need to have an […]

By |March 5th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor, General, Home News|Tags: |0 Comments|

Commission Members On Child Fatalities Raise Wide Array of Concerns

Last week the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities held its first meeting with all twelve members participating in a vigorous discussion on the issues and challenges before the group.

Part of the agenda was allocated to comments by some of the architects of the legislation that created the commission. Staff from the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Categories: Children's Monitor, General|Tags: |0 Comments|

CAPTA’s Precarious Link To Requirements and Data

When the budget is released tomorrow it will likely maintain CAPTA state grants at its current funding level of just under $26 million. It represents a gradual erosion of funding of a program that is part of a law originally created in 1974 to help the nation address the way we recognized and address child maltreatment taking place behind […]

By |March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Budget, Children's Monitor, Prevention|Tags: |0 Comments|


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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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