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CWLA’s online publication dedicated to summarizing
federal policy in progress and analyzing its impact
on child welfare.

Tax Bills Pass House and Senate Finance Committee

Thursday, November 16 was a big day for tax cut advocates.  The House of Representatives passed their tax bill (HR 1) by of 227 to 205 with all but 13 Republicans and no Democrats voting

Bill to Protect Athletes from Sexual Abuse Passes Senate Waits for House

On Tuesday, November 14, the Senate passed S 534, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.  The legislation, which has had the active support of CWLA, was originally

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. 

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

This Weeks’ Assaults & Advancements for ACA: Senate Tax Bill, Continued Enrollment Surge For 2018

The major development regarding the Affordable Care Act occurred on Wednesday when the Senate Finance Committee under the leadership of Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), inserted a repeal of the individual mandate as part of the

Opioid Abuse Costs: $95 billion with $6 billion for Children and Family Help

Last week Altarum issued a new analysis that demonstrates that the opioid epidemic is costing this country $95 billion in annual costs.  More specifically in 2016.  According to their research $43 billion was from the


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