2022 Spending Omnibus and Legislative Recap

This past Congress has certainly had its challenges. Throughout the last Congress, CWLA has joined with national stakeholders and coalitions to increase funding levels across 44 separate funding programs – many of which received an increase in the spending omnibus, and some remained at level funding. While a notable disappointment was the failure to reauthorize

New CAPTA Bill Introduced in Final Days of Congressional Session

On December 14th, 2022, with only a handful of days left in the 117th Congress, Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced the Parental Right to Protect Act, which would introduce gender-affirming care issues into the Child Abuse Protection and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The bill seeks to make states ineligible for CAPTA funding if they allow Child

The Administration: New Ratings for Programs in Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

On Thursday, December 14th, the Children’s Bureau announced new program ratings in the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse. Five new programs were found to meet the standards for inclusion among the evidence-based programs that can be utilized under the Family First Prevention Services Act. One new program was categorized as “Well-Supported,” the highest rating in

New Estimates of Children Living with Parents Using Substances

A new report from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) presents estimates of the number and percentage of children whose parents engage in problematic substance use. Estimates are also provided for each state. The results can support policy, programmatic, and budgetary decision making as leaders seek to provide solutions to

On the Hill: Congress Pushes for Year-End Priorities

Congress has than four weeks left to pass legislation in the 117th Congress and there are several important items that need to be addressed in that time. Although there are still races that haven’t been called, news outlets have predicted that Democrats will retain control of the Senate and Republicans will gain a narrow majority

State Levers to Impact Family Economic Security

The Alliance for Early Success has released an inventory of state policies that impact family economic security. It is designed to spark ideas for state policymakers and will be updated periodically as additional policies are enacted. “According to some measures, child poverty fell nearly 60 percent between 1996 and 2019. Then came a pandemic that

Title IV-E Clearinghouse Issues Call for Programs to Review

The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse issued a new request for recommendations for mental health, substance abuse, in-home parent skill-based, and kinship navigator programs and services to be considered for systematic review and inclusion among services that can be paid for under the Family First Prevention Services Act. This year’s announcement highlighted a preference for

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

New Data Shows Reach of Child Care Stabilization Funds

The Administration for Children and Families released new data on October 21, 2022, showing that child care stabilization funds provided in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) have served more than 200,000 child care providers, impacting as many as 9.5 million children. The new state-by-state profiles include the total number of child care providers assisted in

Roadmaps to Building Child Welfare Evidence: New Release

On October 19th, 2022, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) released the Roadmaps to Building Child Welfare Evidence, developed by the Child Welfare Evidence Strengthening Team (CWEST). CWEST developed these tools to give child welfare administrators and evaluators knowledge on many elements of the evaluation process. As the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

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