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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Human Service Part

When Congress completed work on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act they passed a major highway and road construction bill but there are important ‘human service” components that go beyond just the potential jobs created. The most significant human service need are the new provisions on drinking water, particularly with the removal of lead but

The Lead Problem in Drinking Water

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide some relief for an important human service need, reducing children’s exposure to dangerous lead in our drinking water.   In the middle of the last decade, the country saw close-up the havoc lead contamination can mean to a city and more importantly the families that live there.

Access to the Internet

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide a great deal of help to address a need that was exposed during this pandemic, access to the internet for remote and poor areas. The pandemic has highlighted the need for Broadband technology for work, school, and health resources. Broadband technology is defined as a “high-capacity transmission

Year In Review: Education for Homeless Children and Youth

On November 10, 2021, Schoolhouse Connections sponsored a briefing, “Year-in-Review and Preparing for 2022.” Lisa Pilnik, Child & Family Associates, facilitated the panel of Child Welfare experts including Heather Hanna, National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), Cameron Rifkin, National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), and Alleane Anderson, Schoolhouse Connections   This year, the main theme

Creating Equity for Children and Youth

On November 10, 2021, The Urban Institute and the Forum for Youth Investment held a briefing focused on how evidence and evaluation can promote equity in policies that affect children and youth. The panel was moderated Alicia Wilson, the Forum for Youth Investors, panelist were Miranda Lynch Smitch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy;

Health Care Coverage for All Children

On November 2nd, 2021, First Focus on Children hosted a Congressional briefing, “Covering all Children – the Path Forward.” Panelists included, Kelly Whitener, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families, Dr. Glenn Flores, Holtz Children’s Hospital and Dr. David Rubin, Population Health Innovation at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The panelists

CWLA Comments to Senate on Mental Health and Substance Use Needs

On Monday, November 1, 2021, the Child Welfare League of America submitted its recommendations to the Senate Finance Committee on how the Committee and country can make critical changes to the nation’s mental health and substance use treatment systems. The Committee had asked the behavioral health community and other parties to submit recommendation to the

Bass Introduces 21st Century Children and Families Act

On Thursday, November 4, 2021, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced 21st Century Children and Families Act (HR 5856). The bill bans discrimination in placement and recruitment of foster and adoptive parents and places added emphasis on kinship care. It requires states to substantiate with clear and convincing data and analysis that the child welfare agency

The Impact of Increased Immigrant Enforcement on Child Welfare

On October 27, 2021, The American Bar Association (ABA) and Women’s Refugee Commission conducted a briefing on The Impact of Increased Immigrant Enforcement on Child Welfare. As of 2016, out of the 70 million children under the age of 18 in the U.S. more than 18 million reside with at least one immigrant parent. The

Children’s Budget Shows Some Improvements

On November 3, 2021, First Focus on Children hosted the Children’s Budget Summit to highlight the release of their 15th annual Children’s Budget Analysis. Over the last 10 years, the Children’s Budget analysis has documented federal spending for children. Typically, this means watching federal spending for children be cut at a high rate. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic caused devastation across the world, Congress was compelled to make investments in early childhood, child care, education, family

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