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Federal Government Investing $30 Million in Child Care Workforce

The federal government is launching a $30 million program to help states bolster and diversify their child care and preschool workforce. 

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Updated: Feds Cancel Plan for $10 Million to Prevent Confusion of Poverty with Neglect 

Federal funding is available to teach hotline workers and mandated reporters about the differences between poverty and “willful neglect.”


Biden Administration Proposes Easing Foster Care Licensing Barriers for Relatives

The government wants to give states the option to allow relatives caring for children to receive the same financial help as foster parents.


Biden’s Top Child Welfare Official Discusses Her 2023 Priorities with The Imprint

January Contreras, assistant secretary of the Administration for Children and Families, says her goals include supporting, encouraging, and pushing states to prevent foster care.

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ACF Equity Study to Examine Six Child Welfare Systems

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced last March that it would begin the Child Welfare Study to Enhance Equity with Data

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Number of Youth in Foster Care Dropped Again in 2021

The number of youth in America's foster care systems dropped below 400,000 for the first time since 2012 according to new federal data

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    January Contreras Nominated for Top ACF Position


    January Contreras Confirmed to Biden’s Top Child Welfare Post

    In a process that moved at light speed compared with the previous nominee to the job, January Contreras has been confirmed by the Senate to lead the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the agency that oversees most federal spending on family services and child welfare.

    Illinois Foster Care Numbers Climb During Pandemic, Bucking National Trend


    Illinois Foster Care Numbers Climb During Pandemic, Bucking National Trend

    According to federal data, the number of children in foster care dropped in 2020 nationwide and in almost every state. Illinois was an exception.

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    Government Seeks Comment on Possible Changes to Family First Handbook

    The Biden administration may revise the handbook for evaluating services meant to prevent the use of foster care in some child welfare cases.