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Administration for Children and Families

Illinois Foster Care Numbers Climb During Pandemic, Bucking National Trend

2/14/2022

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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Family First Clearinghouse Approves Two New Services, Will Reconsider Ohio Kinship Navigator

7/27/2021

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.

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Mischaela Durán

7/14/2021

ACF Veteran Mishaela Durán Named President of the Forum for Youth Investment

A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit with a goal to prepare youth for success in college, work and life before age 21 will have a deeply experienced new leader come September: Mishaela Durán.

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Honoring the Life of Ma’Khia Bryant: An Ombudsperson for Foster Youth in Ohio

6/4/2021

Lawmakers Seek Probe Into Foster Care Life of Ma’Khia Bryant

Lawmakers are calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the foster care experience of Ma’Khia Bryant, the 16-year-old Black girl who police shot and killed on April 20.

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Senate Bill Seeks Better Data on Child Abuse Deaths

5/23/2021

Senate Bill Seeks Better Data on Child Abuse Deaths

States would be required to report all deaths related to child abuse and create recommendations for curbing them under a bipartisan bill being pushed in the U.S. Senate.

Advocates and Officials Press Case for Overhauling Key Adoption and Child Welfare Law

3/10/2021

Biden’s Key Child Welfare Appointee Aysha Schomburg Confronts Unprecedented Crisis for Foster Youth, Families

Aysha Schomburg, associate commissioner of the U.S. Children’s Bureau. Credit: U.S. Health and Human Services
With American families entering a second year devastated by a pandemic, a New York City attorney and public official is now taking over the Biden administration’s top child welfare post.

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2/16/2021

As Health Secretary Nomination Lingers, Biden Names Chief of Staff at Administration for Children and Families

Larry Handerhan has been tapped to be chief of staff at the Administration for Children and Families
There is still no news on who President Joe Biden will nominate or appoint to fill the key child welfare leadership spots at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the large agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees child welfare funding and policy along with many other family assistance programs.

data trump judge abby

8/28/2020

Advocates for LGBTQ and Native Foster Youth Sue Trump Administration, Demanding Data Expansion

Abby Abinanti, chief judge of the Yurok Tribal Court in Northern California, said tribes struggle to serve Native children in foster care because they lack information on who or where they are.

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5/12/2020

Feds Ease Restrictions on Funds for Extended Care and Foster Homes

The Trump administration is using a 32-year-old law to loosen some restrictions on foster care funding for state child welfare agencies.  The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced in a program instruction yesterday that it would greatly ease the process for getting federal funds for extended foster care, and would permit funds for foster homes that have not been fully licensed.