Senate Democrats Post Appropriations Bills

On Thursday, July 28th, 2022, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released the twelve Senate Appropriations bills. These bills spend nearly $1.7 trillion for fiscal year 2023 and represent the priorities and stances of the Senate Democrats; appropriators still have not reached an agreement on top-line spending numbers, and Republican leaders have indicated that

Association Between Food Assistance, Child Welfare Involvement

A study by University of Kansas researchers and colleagues at two other universities reported every 5% increase in enrollment in the federal nutrition assistance program for low-income families could reduce the number of children a state placed in foster care or protective services from 7.6% to 14.3%. The 50-state study of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

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

Children’s Bureau Hosts Digital Dialogue on Paid Leave

On Tuesday, June 28th, 2022, the Children’s Bureau’s Learning & Coordination Center hosted, “Laying the Groundwork: Paid Family Leave as a Prevention and Promotion Strategy.” During this Digital Dialogue session, Laura Weeldreyer, Executive Director of the Maryland Family Network, discussed how policies that provide universal concrete and economic supports to families have a powerful impact

Improving Outcomes for Youth Involved in Multiple Systems

On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022, the Stoneleigh Foundation in collaboration with Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform hosted, “Improving Outcomes for Youth Involved in Multiple Systems of Care,” the first webinar in a series focused on the Multi-Systems Integration Pilot Program. The Multi-Systems Integration Program, currently being piloted in Delaware and Erie counties, draws

New Programs Rated in Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

On Thursday, June 2nd, 2022, new ratings for several programs and services for the Prevention Services Clearinghouse were announced. The following programs were rated as Supported: Family Centered Treatment® (FCT) is a home-based trauma treatment. FCT is designed for families who are at-risk of dissolution or in need of reunification. It is also designed to

Call for Information: Practices that Support Family Economic Wellbeing

The Supporting Family Economic Well-Being Through Home Visiting (HomeEc) project is identifying promising practices supporting family economic well-being that hold potential for inclusion in home visiting programs; the project is soliciting nominations of practices – that is, services, strategies, or activities – to support family economic well-being. Practices should be stand-alone or may be a

Town Hall with Associate Commissioner Aysha Schomburg

On Monday, March 28th, 2022, Think of Us hosted a Town Hall with the Children’s Bureau. Speakers included representatives of the Administration, Aysha E. Schomburg, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau, and people with the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ youth. Associate Commissioner Schomburg echoed other speakers’ sentiments of standing behind LGBTQ+ children and families especially

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families. This year's theme, "Thriving Children and Families: Prevention With Purpose," emphasizes preventing child abuse by recognizing our collective

New Programs Rated for Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

On Monday, March 14th, 2022, the Prevention Services Clearinghouse announced ratings for several new programs and services that had been considered for eligibility for funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act. Three programs were accepted to the clearinghouse as “promising”: GenerationPMTO – Individual; Families and Schools Together® - Elementary School Level; Community Reinforcement Approach

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