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John Sciamanna is CWLA's Vice President of Public Policy.

Congress Adopts Coronavirus Emergency Package #3

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the U.S. Senate unveiled and passed HR 748, the third COVID-19 emergency spending legislation. The House gave its final approval on Friday. The $2 trillion supplemental package attempts to cover a range of problem areas from small and big business relief, expanded and extended unemployment compensation, a tax refund pass-through,


By 1918 a group called the Bureau for the Exchange of Information Among Child Helping Agencies was forming the basis for CWLA in 1920. In 1918 a pandemic mis-labeled “the Spanish Flu” (according to some historians it started in the U.S. mid-west), would cost the world between 20 to 50 million lives. The single worst

What Human Services Funding Was Included in the Emergency Supplemental?

HR 748, the third COVID-19 emergency spending legislation, includes some human services and state relief, but the targeted human services funding did not go as far as many groups had been seeking. The biggest source of support is a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund that governors had been pushing for, but it is not as

Virtual Town Hall for Older Foster Youth

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Children's Bureau and Think of Us hosted a Virtual Town Hall for Older Foster Youth. The hosts in order in which they spoke were: Sixto Cancel, co-founder and CEO of Think of Us, Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner at the Children's Bureau in the Administration of Children and Families

April 1, 2020 is Census Day

The Census happens once every 10 years. It’s the only official population count of every person in the U.S. The Census counts people at each address—even if those people aren’t related, if they are not U.S. citizens, if they live there part time, or are only living there temporarily but have no permanent address. The

New Family First Clearinghouse Ratings Released

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released six more Title IV-E Prevention Services programs and services ratings for the Title IV-E Prevention Services in accordance with the Family First Prevention Services Act. These practices include mental health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment services, in-home parent skill-based programs, and

Planning Title IV-E Prevention Services: A Toolkit for States

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation contracted with Mathematica to provide the Planning Title IV-E Prevention Services: A Toolkit for States that can help states and their partners plan for the new IV-E Prevention Services Program. The toolkit provides information and resources for states

Congress Adopts Coronavirus Emergency Package #2 With Third Bill To Follow

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Congress completed work on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, HR 6201: • An increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid and Title IV-E by 6.2 percent (state by state Medicaid increase, Center on Budget Policy and Priority) • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)—$500 million •


Based on CWLA’s ongoing efforts to address the AIDS epidemic and its impact on infants, Donna Pressma, The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey along with CWLA President David Liederman participated in a CWLA Hill Briefing that drew nearly 100 staff to address pediatric AIDS. By February the CDC has reported 839 cases (children under

…Bill Number Three Coronavirus Emergency Package

The President had requested $2.5 billion for coronavirus on February 24, and Congress instead sent him a package of $8.3 billion on March 5, which was followed by last week’s bill that tops $100 billion. This third package looks likely to exceed $1 trillion. On Thursday, the Administration released an emergency package that includes a

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