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A Model Standard for Approving Kinship Caregivers

Following new federal rules on kinship care, a group of advocates have developed a model standard for approving relatives.

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January Contreras Nominated for Top ACF Position


Top Child Welfare Official Contreras Leaving Biden Administration

January Contreras was confirmed to lead Biden’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in April of 2022. Now, just a little over a year into her tenure, she has announced she will leave the administration in August to return to Arizona.

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Foster Youth Interning in Congress Want Laws Improving Health Care, Greater Access to Benefits


2023 Spending Deal: What’s In It for Youth and Families

Another year, another omnibus spending deal thrown together with little deliberate committee work in either chamber.

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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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Child Welfare Official Confirmed by Senate

After a lengthy wait, the Senate has okayed President Joe Biden’s choice for a top job in federal child welfare policy.

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Biden Nominates Oregon Leader, and Former Foster Youth, for a Top Child Welfare Post

Rebecca Jones Gaston has been nominated by President Biden to lead the Administration for Children, Youth and Families.


    End the Cycle of Crises for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    Children being medically examined at a border facility. Photo courtesy of Vera Institute of Justice
    For the past decade, conditions in northern Central America have propelled the migration of vulnerable and often traumatized children to the U.S.

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    Biden Taps Elizabeth Watson As Chief Labor Liaison

    Elizabeth Watson, who has a lengthy history in youth and family policy and income inequality, has been nominated to be the Biden administration’s point person to Congress and the states on labor issues.

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


    Biden Taps New York Official to Lead U.S. Children’s Bureau

    Aysha Schomburg, Biden’s pick to lead the U.S. Children’s Bureau. Photo courtesy of the bureau
    While nominees for the top Senate-confirmed jobs in child welfare have yet to be unveiled, the Biden administration continues to fill in key appointees on the issue at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).