Administration on Children
In California, Child Welfare Leaders Continue Heated Debate Over Federal Entitlement Reform
Less than a year after landmark federal legislation quietly transformed the child welfare field, tensions about the future of federal support for foster care emerged again in California. At a meeting of the state’s influential County Welfare Directors Association, Jerry Milner— one of the the nation’s top child welfare officials— laid out his vision for overhauling the country’s foster care system in the wake of the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act.
Kin Prop up Illinois’ Foster Care System, With Limited Support
When a series of family crises left her 3-year-old niece in need of a permanent home, April Funches opened her doors. Although the move was in the works for months, the little girl arrived lacking enough clothes and other necessities, which meant Funches’ budget took an immediate hit.
Lynn Johnson Confirmed as Top Trump Child Welfare Official
After a confirmation process that included a standoff over the Trump administration’s delay of new data collection on foster care and adoption, Lynn Johnson was confirmed to lead the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) just before the Labor Day weekend.
Trump Taps Elizabeth Darling to Lead Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
President Trump has announced that Elizabeth Darling is his choice to serve as the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), one of the top child welfare jobs at the U.S.
Federal Child Abuse Numbers Climb Again
A federal report published last week by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) showed that the number of children in the United States who experienced child abuse and neglect rose for the third year in a row.
38 Years After ICWA, Feds to Collect Data on Native American Foster Youth
The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, plans for the first time to collect national data and information about Native American children involved in state and local child welfare systems.
Family First Act: House Might Have to Make First Move
The Family First Act has the support of the organizations representing state human services agencies and state advocacy groups. It is endorsed by the membership group representing many of the nation’s child welfare providers, many of which provide residential care.
Quick Takeaways from López Q&A (Updated April 5)
Not gonna lie: When it took until last summer to get a new commissioner in at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Youth Services Insider lost interest in the happenings over there.
HHS Leader Rafael López: It’s Time to Flip the Script on Child Welfare
In late July of 2014, President Obama nominated Rafael López to serve as commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, the division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees most federal spending on state- and county-level child welfare services.
Los Angeles, Under Pressure to Improve Maltreatment Prevention, Bets Big on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Last month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors began implementing the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, which calls for augmented child maltreatment prevention efforts. While implementation of the commission’s many recommendations is a long-term venture, leaders are hoping that the rollout of a maltreatment prevention initiative may improve child safety in the short-term.