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Donald Trump, Family First Act Fan

In February, President Trump signed into law the Family First Prevention Services Act, a bill that increases federal funds for services to stave off the use of foster care while cutting down federal support for congregate care.


Top Five Threats to Child Welfare from ACA Repeal and Proposals to Alter Medicaid

Proposals by Congress and President-elect to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — including the Medicaid expansion — to turn Medicaid into a block grant, and to cut resources, all can sound very abstract to social workers and policymakers coping with the day-to-day tragedies and crises of child welfare.


“Foster Care vs. Family Preservation” Is the Wrong Debate

Recently The Chronicle of Social Change published a discussion between Sean Hughes and Richard Wexler. A good part of the discussion focused on the impact of IV-E being converted to a “block grant” versus remaining an entitlement.


Block Grants Are Funding Suicide

If you read my first piece in this series on Title IV-E waivers, which are essentially short-term block grants, you can probably guess that I think converting Title IV-E into a block grant would be a terrible idea.


Don’t Be Afraid of the Block Grant Bogeyman

In my previous column on child welfare finance reform, I wrote about the incentives that push governments toward needlessly tearing apart families. Those incentives exist for everyone from the frontline caseworker to the child welfare agency chief.


Taking Advantage of New Flexible Funding: Three Ideas for Calif. Counties

In earlier posts, I reviewed the basics of California’s realignment and discussed the new reality for advocates. I argue that the advocacy energy that child welfare stakeholders previously focused on the state legislature is now appropriately directed at local systems: county departments and elected officials.