Maltreatment Prevention

Debt Limit Deal Released

News broke on Saturday, May 27, 2023, that President Biden and Speaker McCarthy (R-CA) had reached an agreement on the key provisions of a bill to raise the debt ceiling until after the 2024 election. Both the White House and the Speaker of the House released talking points and statements about the agreement, and bill

Ways and Means Considering Adding CTC to Tax Package

On May 24, 2023, Bloomberg reported that the House Ways and Means Committee is planning to release a tax package after the debt ceiling has been addressed, and Representative Blake Moore (R-UT) said the Child Tax Credit is “absolutely” on the table and has been part of committee discussions on the package, though the extent

Debt Limit Countdown Continues

As of this weekend no deal has been reached on raising the debt ceiling, despite promising reports earlier in the week that negotiations were going well. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and President Biden met on Tuesday to continue discussions, and top negotiators for each of them continued meeting throughout the week. On

Bipartisan Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act Introduced

On April 27, 2023, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Representative Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) introduced the bipartisan Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act. According to Representative Khanna’s press release, “this bipartisan, bicameral bill would provide greater oversight and data transparency for institutional youth treatment

CWLA Endorses: Resolution to Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month

On April 19th, 2023, Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Congresswoman Ann Kuster (D-NH) introduced a resolution to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. “The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) thanks Representatives Joyce and Kuster for this resolution in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse and neglect are serious problems,

Few States Provide Workplace Protections for Survivors

On Thursday, December 8, 2022, Futures Without Violence and Legal Momentum released the new State Guide on Employment Rights for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking. The guide identifies workplace protections currently on the books in four categories essential for survivors: anti-discrimination protections, reasonable accommodations in the workplace, leave/time off, and unemployment insurance.

House Passes Home Visiting Bill

The House of Representatives passed the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 on December 2, 2022, in a 390-26 vote. The bill, named for the late Representative from Indiana, would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, which was due to expire in September of this

Ways and Means Marks Up Home Visiting Reauthorization Bill

On Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 the Ways and Means Committee marked up the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Act of 2022, which CWLA has endorsed. With family members of the late Congresswoman Walorski in attendance, members of the committee shared their memories of her and condolences for her loss. She was remembered fondly

Home Visiting Reauthorization Regains Momentum

For the past few weeks, advocates for home visiting programs have been working with the House Ways and Means Committee staff to make progress on reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, which expires on September 30th, 2022. On Wednesday, September 14th, the Ways and Means Committee indicated that they had

Strengthening Families with Infants and Toddlers: Report

Strengthening Families with Infants and Toddlers: A Policy Framework for States, is a new report from ZERO TO THREE designed to reframe the role of child welfare from preventing harm to children toward strengthening families and the communities where they live. The policy framework includes 11 recommendations for states and communities that aim to advance

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