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President‘s Budget Starts FY 2016 Debate

  Last Monday, the President started the FY 2016 appropriations process when he sent to Congress his formal budget request.  Although many observers like to describe such budgets as “dead on arrival” or DOA whenever there are two different parties controlling the White House and Congress it none-theless starts a process and sets goals in

Budget Includes Several Initiatives on Child Welfare

The Administration’s budget includes several proposed appropriations increases or changes in law to expand child welfare services, particularly for children and families involved with foster care. It is in fact a change for a budget area that rarely experiences any requested increases beyond what happens under the entitlement programs. Whether any action takes place will

First Research Report on Home Visiting (MIECHV)

On Friday, HHS released the first preliminary information and research on the home visiting program the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV).  The research referred to as, Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation or MIHOPE focuses on the initial planning, outreach and target families. The research partners for this and future reports are

HHS Releases 2011 and 2012 Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Reports

  Last week the office of Community Services released two new annual reports on the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).  The 2011 and 2012 reports show similar results as the 2010 report and reaffirms how the $1.7 billion in funding continues to support a range of child welfare services—especially as a prime funder of child

CWLA Statement on 2015 State of the Union Address

Not in several years has a President of United States placed such emphasis on child care in his State of the Union address. We applaud President Barack Obama’s call for greater support and expansion of early childhood education and child care, and feel it is an important strategy to help families across the income spectrum.

CWLA Policy Statement: Juvenile Shackling

"[Shackles] made me feel like a chained dog that you are trying to make into something less than I am. [I] hated seeing the tears in my dad’s eyes when he saw me in cuffs.” —17- year-old boy, Arizona, September 2014 Since 1921, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the oldest child welfare organization


As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s a great time for a new art project in early learning classrooms and with all your friends and neighbors! We need your help to make valentines to the U.S. Senate that highlight the importance of investing in high-quality, affordable child care. This project is part of an effort by the

Finance Reform & Child Welfare: A Balanced Approach

For many years the child welfare field has debated the need for a new system of finance that would ensure eligibility for all in children in need. The CWLA Balanced Approach offers a number of options that can be enacted either individually or in some combination, all with the goal of moving reform forward.


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

HR 4980 Summary

After an amazing effort of advocacy, the Senate gave final approval to HR 4980, legislation that extends the current adoption incentives fund and expands it to kinship care. It also includes numerous additional requirements on states in regard to youth in foster care. A complete analysis of the legislation is available at PREVENT SEX TRAFFICKING

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