Family First’s Opponents Will Have Much to Answer For
When the goal of providing social services is helping children and their families, accountability for results seems like a very good idea. Let’s take a look at the results so far in the recent efforts in Congress to pass the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFA) approved by the House in July, but now pending in the Senate.
Congresswoman Karen Bass Still Hopeful About Family First Act
On Friday, one of Congress’ top child welfare advocates came to Los Angeles to pitch an all-but-dead federal bill that would change how foster care is financed. During a town hall in the cavernous City of Refuge Church in Gardena, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.)
Senate Contender Sanchez Touts Record on Children’s Issues
California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is vying to replace longtime United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D) and become the first Latina ever to serve in the United States Senate. Sanchez earned 19 percent of the vote in the June 7 primary election, finishing second behind frontrunner and California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who tallied more than 40 percent of the vote.
Family First Act: The California “Revolt” Against Federal Finance Reform
The Family First Prevention Services Act, which passed the House earlier this week, has garnered the sworn fealty of many national and state-level child welfare advocacy groups back when it was just a draft, much of which has been retained by the pared-down version.
Post-Partisan: the Power of Foster Care Politics
While the nation bemoans a “gridlocked” Congress and Comedy Central’s Messrs. Stewart and Colbert aptly ridicule both Presidential candidates for a disregard of specificity on one hand and hubris on the other, I have borne witness to a very different vision of our elected leadership.
Senate Takes up Charge on Foster Youth School Records
WASHINGTON D.C. – Down on Capitol Hill, the air is hot, wet and gummy. With recess around the corner and the political parties settling in for a bitter election cycle, few bills of substance are moving or being introduced, save a seemingly small tweak to privacy laws that promises to dramatically change the educational cards for students experiencing foster care.