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

New Report Examines Child Care in Pandemic World

The National Women’s Law Center released a new report on child care during this COVID-19 pandemic. The survey of states called, Child Care’s Struggle to Survive COVID-19: State Impacts and Response, released on May 12, 2020, says that, with the shutdown of many jobs and the economy, many child care programs have been forced to

CWLA Endorses Non-Profit Support Bill, (WORK NOW) ACT

Last week, CWLA endorsed the Work Opportunities and Resources to Keep Nonprofits Organizations Well, the WORK NOW Act. The legislation, S 3747 is sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Brian Schatz (D-HA), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) would provide a relief fund that states could use to fortify vital nonprofit

House Lays Down Marker Bill-Relief Package, Federal Reserve Calls for More Relief

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the House of Representatives leadership introduced new legislation they called “The Heroes Act (H.R.6800).” The legislation provides approximately $3 trillion in appropriations and other funding for state and local governments and offers direct support to individuals. Despite the various names of the coronavirus relief legislation, this bill represents the fifth

House Bill Provides FMAP Increase, SSBG Funding

Two areas addressed in the House bill and supported by CWLA include the FMAP increase for state Medicaid and Title IV-E programs and an increase in funding of $9.6 billion for the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). The second COVID-19 bill increased each state’s Medicaid matching rate (FMAP—the federal medical assistance percentage) by 6.2 percent,

CWLA Endorses Wyden Bill To Provide Increased TANF Funding

On Friday, May 8, 2020, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation that would provide $10 billion in emergency TANF funding. CWLA has endorsed the legislation. The TANF funding increase of $10 billion would be paid out until the end of the fiscal year 2021 (September 30, 2021) and it could be used for current services

Capitol Region Discusses Pandemic Impact on Foster Care

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, child welfare leaders from Washington D.C. and Virginia discussed how the region’s foster care and child welfare services are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic during the nationally syndicated public radio Kojo Nnamdi Show. The guests included Brenda Donald, District of Columbia, Director, DC Child, and Family Services Agency, Sharra

AAICAMA and CWLA Request Children’s Bureau Guidance on Adoption Assistance

On Monday, May 11, 2020, the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA) and CWLA sent a joint letter to Elizabeth Darling, Associate Commissioner Administration on Children, Youth and Families and Jerry Milner, Commissioner, Children’s Bureau asking for guidance to states encouraging them to review assistance agreements that, unlike

COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing, "COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School." The purpose of the hearing was to highlight what federal, state, and local governments are doing to help Americans return to work and school as rapidly and safely

LGBTQ & ICWA Data Removed from AFCARS

On Tuesday, May 12, HHS published final rule for the updated Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) regulations and requirements. AFCARS data reported by states annually helps to build a profile of the “child welfare” population by producing annual numbers on children in out-of-home (foster) care, adoptions and youth aging out to

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