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CAPTA Legislation Introduced

Last week the Committee on Education & Labor members introduced the bipartisan legislation to strengthen prevention and treatment of child abuse. The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA). Co-sponsors include leads Representatives Kim Schrier (D-WA) and James Comer (R-KY),  Lori Trahan (D-MA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Dusty Johnson (R-SD),

Child Care and Housing New Report

On Monday, April 28, the Center on Budget and CLASP released a joint report detailing the importance and impact of child care and housing assistance. The report, Child Care and Housing: Big Expenses With Too Little Help Available, urges Congress to make sizable new investments in child care and housing assistance so more children can

Senator Brown Introduces the Family First Transition and Support Act

On May 1, 2019, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced legislation that addresses many of the issues that we have heard about from states as they work towards implementing Family First. While this bill might not address all of the concerns being raised, it is a critical and important step to address

HHS releases the Handbook of Standards and Procedures for IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

On Friday, April 26, HHS released the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures, which includes new information related to how the new Title IV-E prevention services allowable under Family First will work. The IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse ratings will be applied to programs and services as meeting the well-supported, supported, or

House Appropriations Update

Last week, the House Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor H) fiscal year 2020 draft funding bill, the largest non-defense appropriations bill for Congress, advanced to the full committee for consideration. The total for non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending is $189.8 billion, an increase of $11.7 billion over the

CAPTA Hearing in House, Approps Letter Circulates

  On Tuesday, March 26, the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services of the House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The hearing entitled, Strengthening Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, is expected to focus on the historic

Administration Releases Details of Budget

  Congress was out of town last week, but the Administration did send up their detailed recommendations on their proposed 2020 budget. The CWLA budget summary can be found here with the budget chart found here. Behind the broad details of spending cuts of approximately 10 percent for the non-Defense Department discretionary (annually appropriated) funding,

The Administration Proposes Foster Care Waiver Option

The latest details on the Administration’s budget includes a continuation of last year’s optional waiver that would convert Title IV-E foster care into a block grant on a state by state basis. The goal is that converting foster care funds into a fixed five-year block grant would allow states to spend money on primary prevention

Child on Child Sexual Abuse

  Kylie Hunter On March 21-22, 2019, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) held a National Symposium titled “Out of the Shadows: Confronting the Rise of Child-on-Child Harmful Sexual Behavior” at Catholic University in Washington DC. This is the NCOSE’s third “Out of the Shadows” symposium, which focus on underrepresented issues in sexual exploitation.

Juvenile Criminal Justice Records

Shaquita Ogletree   On March 20, the Brookings Institute convened a panel of experts to assess the state of play on juvenile criminal justice records policy. While the juvenile justice system has recently undergone a wave of progressive reforms focused on creating pathways to re-entry, there remains an uneven treatment of juvenile records that make

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