House Assembles Reconciliation, Many Priority Areas Funded

Last week, nine House Committees acted on their parts of a reconciliation bill that will make up President Biden’s COVID-19 relief measure. Within the package are key CWLA priorities, including more than $39 billion in child care funding, year one of a Children’s Allowance, $350 billion in state and local government relief, $350 million more in

Prevention Services Through the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)

The new Social Services Block Grant annual report once again documents the significance of SSBG to child welfare services. The SSBG Annual Report 2019 was posted in mid-January, and it complements information provided by the new Child Maltreatment 2019 report, also released this past January.   According to the 2019 Child Maltreatment report and its analysis of prevention services,

Achieving Permanency for the Well-being of Children and Youth

The Children’s Bureau released new IM regarding “Achieving Permanency for the Well-Being of Children and Youth” on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, signed by Commissioner Elizabeth Darling. The IM purposes were the following: To provide information on best practices, resources, and recommendations for achieving permanency for children and youth in a way that prioritizes the child’s

The 2021 CWLA Transition Proposal

CWLA has published its transition paper for the new Administration and new Congress. The report has been circulated with key staff over the past several weeks. It reflects a look forward to improving child welfare services and more broadly strengthening families across the country. This A Stronger Foundation for America’s Families reflects the collective wisdom, insights, and concerns

The Last COVID Bill and the Next

At the end of last month, President Donald J Trump signed into law a $908 billion relief package in the larger omnibus budget legislation. Still, the President-elect has indicated they would be seeking additional help for a country devastated by a pandemic that is trending toward more than 400,000 to over a half million fatalities

Supreme Court Hears Philadelphia-Catholic Charities Case

On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the Supreme Court considered the Sharonell Fulton et al. v City of Philadelphia. A case involving a local Catholic Charities agency claiming that the city of Philadelphia is unfairly targeting them due to the city's non-discrimination policy regarding child welfare placements and recruitments.    In 2018 a report in the

House Offers Another COVID-19 Relief Bill

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the House approved a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill representing a reduction from their $3.2 trillion passed on May 15, 2020, but higher than the general support the White House has said they would support at $1.5 trillion. The House action was against a backdrop of ongoing discussions between the House Democrats

Housing and Child Welfare Partnerships Supporting Families in Crisis

On Thursday, October 1, CWLA hosted a pre-summit webinar titled One Roof: Housing and Child Welfare Partnerships Supporting Families in Crisis with speakers from Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and Hennepin County to discuss the One Roof effort being implemented in Minnesota. One Roof is the collaborative national effort advancing housing solutions designed to keep or reunify families safely

Comparing the Foster Care Caseload of 423,000 Between 2009 and 2019

When the latest AFCARS data was released a few weeks ago, it allowed a unique opportunity to compare the last decade. The 2009 AFCARS report indicated that there were 423,773 children in foster care on the last day of the federal fiscal year. That is almost identical to the number for 2019: 423,997. An identical number for the decade. But

District of Columbia Receives Family First Approval to Broadly Implement and Claim for Motivational Interviewing

Written by: Natalie Craver, Community Partnerships Administrator, District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency and Katie Rollins, Senior Policy Analyst, Chapin Hall. In September 2020, the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) received approval from the Children’s Bureau for its amended Title IV-E Prevention Plan proposing the use of Motivational Interviewing

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