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Tax Bill Negotiations Continue

The House and Senate set up a Conference Committee to resolve differences formally, but the actual meeting of this Committee is unlikely to be where real decisions are made. A Conference Committee includes membership from both houses and both parties but when they do meet it will be likely to be to approve what has

Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign Begins

On Monday, December 4, the Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign was launched to promote best interests of all children in foster and adoption systems.  The campaign is headed up by the Family Equality Council and includes a coalition of nearly two dozen founding organizations including the Child Welfare League of America. The goal of

DACA Fate Tied with Year End Deals

As leaders met at the White House it became no clearer whether young people effected by the President’s repeal of DACA will get relief by the end of 2017.  On Tuesday, December 5 a letter was sent to the Speaker by 34 House Republicans calling for action on DACA by the end of this year. 

Labor-HHS Subcommittee Reviews Opioids

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CWLA Statement on Tax Legislation

The Senate and House have now approved similar tax bills. There are several provisions within this legislation that could have a major impact on children and families. CWLA is most concerned about the following: The Senate version of this legislation would undercut health insurance coverage. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 4 million people next

Its Official Foster Care Placements Continue to Jump

On Thursday, November 30, HHS released the latest data on child welfare and it now shows that there are 437,465 children in foster care as of September 30, 2016. This is the fifth straight year of increases going from 396,966 in 2012 to 437,465 in 2016. Likely the 2017 numbers are even higher. That is

HHS Designee Finishes First Hearing

On Wednesday, November 29, the HELP Committee held the first of two Committee hearings on his nomination. HELP holds a hearing over the HHS Secretary position, but the actual approval vote comes through the Senate Finance Committee. Alex Azar, nominated to fill the vacancy left when Tom Price was forced out earlier this year due

VFA Portrait Project Major Success As Families Tell Their Stories to Congress

On Wednesday, November 15, CWLA partner organization Voice for Adoption, hosted their 13th annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project. November is national adoption month and the project is a way to highlight adoptions from foster care.  Members of Congress are recruited to display and feature families from their state or district.  An adoptive family’s photo is

New Data Highlights Youth Homelessness Problem

Last week a new report, Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, the study covers youth homelessness in a range of settings.  Young people may survive by sleeping on the streets, in shelters, running away, being kicked out, and couch surfing. The report was conducted by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and is the

Addressing Intersections of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness

  Last week a coalition of groups released, Addressing the Intersection of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change.  The report notes that a young person’s involvement with the justice system can increase their likelihood of later experiencing homelessness.  Pointing out that youth experiencing homelessness may be swept into the juvenile justice system

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