Administration for Children and Families
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
According to federal data, the number of children in foster care dropped in 2020 nationwide and in almost every state. Illinois was an exception.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biden’s Key Child Welfare Appointee Aysha Schomburg Confronts Unprecedented Crisis for Foster Youth, Families
As Health Secretary Nomination Lingers, Biden Names Chief of Staff at Administration for Children and Families
Advocates for LGBTQ and Native Foster Youth Sue Trump Administration, Demanding Data Expansion
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.