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White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

The Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health on September 28, 2022. The conference can be viewed online, and the conference agenda is available here. The White House has identified five pillars that will serve as the focus for the upcoming conference, which is the first White House conference

Advocates Urge Child Nutrition Updates Ahead of White House Conference

In a blog post published on August 31, 2022, the American Federation for State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) noted that the White House's announcement "that it will hold the first conference on hunger, nutrition and health in more than half a century on Sept. 28 shines a light on another glaring issue – Congress

September is Kinship Care Month!

Kinship care is an important component in meeting the needs of families involved in the child welfare system, helping to maintain familial and cultural connections and promote stability, permanency, and the well-being of children in need of out-of-home placement. On Wednesday, September 7, 2022 the Capacity Building Center for States hosted a webinar spotlighting kinship

President Biden Signs Reconciliation Package Into Law

On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, marking a significant win for his administration that meets several of his campaign promises. As previously reported, this spending bill was negotiated primarily between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and focuses on climate change, healthcare,

HHS Briefing on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Transition to 988

On Monday, July 18th, 2022, the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted legislative briefing on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s transition to 988, days after the new mental health hotline number officially launched over the weekend. Secretary Xavier Becerra, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, and other

Substance Abuse and Child Welfare: Webinar on Improving Systems through Collaboration

On Thursday, July 14th, 2022 the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) hosted a virtual panel discussion strategies to improve systems and services for families in the child welfare system who are affected by parental substance use disorders. The discussion focused on the importance of collaboration among social service, health, and court

Children’s Bureau Hosts Digital Dialogue on Paid Leave

On Tuesday, June 28th, 2022, the Children’s Bureau’s Learning & Coordination Center hosted, “Laying the Groundwork: Paid Family Leave as a Prevention and Promotion Strategy.” During this Digital Dialogue session, Laura Weeldreyer, Executive Director of the Maryland Family Network, discussed how policies that provide universal concrete and economic supports to families have a powerful impact

Five Years Later, Families Remain Separated

Of the more than 5,000 children who, court documents say, were separated from their parents under the previous administration's zero-tolerance policy for unauthorized border crossers and those who presented themselves legally at ports of entry, about 180 children have yet to be reunited with their parents, according to VOA News, though the ACLU believes the

President Biden Signs Gun Violence Bill

On Saturday, June 25th, 2022, President Biden signed the bipartisan gun safety package into law, the first major gun violence legislation passed in decades. The bill, titled the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, was released by Republican Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Fifteen

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