There are three key points for CWLA members this week: Make the Child Tax Credit Permanent which would make the CTC fully refundable, even for low-income families. The Child Tax Credit is on track to be delivered monthly, starting in July 2021, by the IRS. Making the CTC permanent can lift more children above the poverty line than any other economic support program and be accessible. A second key point is Enact the Child Care for Working Families Act bill that would provide comprehensive child care and early learning infrastructure in an equitable approach that includes working middle-class families and families living paycheck-to-paycheck. The third key point is Addressing the Roadblocks of Racial Equity in Child Welfare. CWLA is not alone in calling for reform to the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA), it has not served its original intent in achieving permanency for children of color. Other critical race equity policies in addressing disproportionality include flexibility under the Title IV-E background checks for relative caregivers and easier access to Title IV-E kinship care funds.
For CWLA members and advocates, CWLA is asking people to become virtual participants. You can still lend your voice to help children and families. On Wednesday, May 12th, you can join us virtually by using this link and the materials included here.
There’s still time to schedule your Hill Day meetings, if you need assistance contact Shaquita Ogletree at firstname.lastname@example.org.