Kinship Care

Subcommittee Hearing on TANF Reform

On March 28th, 2023, the Work and Welfare Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing about the reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, titled “Welfare is Broken: Restoring Work Requirements to Lift Americans Out of Poverty.” The approach of the two parties was starkly different. Subcommittee Chairman

Services to Support Children Living in Kinship and Nonrelative Foster Care

On March 29th, 2023, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) published a new brief highlighting information from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, Second Cohort (NSCAW II) on service needs and receipt for children in kinship care and non-relative foster care in 2008 and 2009. OPRE sought to answer the following

New Program Instruction on Funding for Kinship Navigator Programs

The Children’s Bureau (CB) has released Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-23-07 (Fiscal Year 2023 Title IV-B, Subpart 2 Funding Available to Develop and Enhance or to Evaluate Kinship Navigator Programs) which provides guidance to state, territorial and tribal title IV-E agencies on the actions required to apply for title IV-B, subpart 2 funding to support the development,

President’s Budget Summary and Chart

CWLA released the Summary of the President's FY2024 Budget Proposal and the FY 2024 Federal Budget Chart. Each year, CWLA compiles this targeted summary and budget chart explaining the President's budget proposal, with a particular focus on spending and legislative requests that directly impact children and families. President Biden released his FY 2024 budget on

President Biden’s 2024 Budget

On Thursday, March 9, 2023, President Biden released his budget. It was a partial release with more details to be released this week. CWLA will have a more complete review later this week. Overall, the Administration proposes increases in the human services areas of the budget and medical services while proposing a projected reduction in

GAO Report on Kinship Navigator Programs

On March 8th, 2023, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on Kinship Navigator programs titled, “HHS Is Taking Steps to Help States Support Relative Caregivers with Evidence-Based Programs.” This report was requested in 2019 by then-Chairman of the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Danny Davis (D-IL) and then-Ranking Member late-Representative Jackie Walorski

New NPRM For Relative or Kin Foster Families

On February 14th, 2023, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (88 FR 9411) proposing to amend federal regulations to allow title IV-E agencies to adopt separate licensing or approval standards for relative or kinship foster family homes. “The Administration for Children and Families

Fostering Secure Family Partnerships Act Introduced

On Wednesday, December 13th, 2022, Representatives Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) and Danny Davis (D-IL), Chair of the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee on Ways and Means, introduced the Fostering Secure Family Partnerships Act, a bill to increase federal funding for state Kinship Navigator Programs — which provide caregivers with information, education, and referrals to a wide

Supporting Children Experiencing Parent and Caregiver Loss

On Tuesday, November 15th, the Children’s Bureau Learning and Coordination Center held a webinar titled “Supporting Children and Youth Dealing with the Loss of a Parent or Caregiver” hosted by Nilofer Ashan. Irwin Sandler, PhD with Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Children discussed that child bereavement is a bigger problem than most people realize. According to

Report: Generations United 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report Focuses on Food Insecurity

On November 2nd, 2022, Generations United released its 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report, titled, “Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies.” Created in collaboration with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), this year’s report takes a deeper look at food insecurity and the lack of supports among intergenerational kinship

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