Child Welfare Finance
You Can’t Fix Child Welfare Spending with Distorted Data and Doublethink
In 1984, George Orwell defined “doublethink” as holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting them both. In child welfare, for example, we have been told for decades that child welfare systems don’t take away children because their families are poor.
How John Burton and Trent Rhorer Almost Got Me to Support the Family First Act
Last month I wrote about why I oppose the so-called Family First Prevention Services Act: It sets up prevention to fail and it actually entrenches institutionalization. But I have to admit, every time I read columns opposing the bill like the one from John Burton and Trent Rhorer, I’m tempted to change my mind.
House Passes Child Welfare Finance Reform Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Family First Prevention Services Act, which now heads back to the chamber that originated its framework. With a voice vote that suggested overwhelming support, the House moved forward legislation that would drastically alter Title IV-E, the federal entitlement currently slated for foster care funding.
Q&A: Bill Baccaglini, CEO, The New York Foundling
Bill Baccaglini spent 20 years working in New York’s state government before taking the helm in 2003 at the New York Foundling, a 147-year-old nonprofit and one of the city’s longest-running providers of youth and family services.
Poverty’s Link to Foster Care Removals? It’s in The Eyes Of The Workers
In his recent post about financing child welfare, Sean Hughes implied that it is an exaggeration to say that children are removed from their families solely due to poverty. I suppose that depends on what one means by “due to poverty.”
Complete Guide to Pending Foster Care, Adoption and Juvenile Bills In Congress Right Now
There is a whole lot of youth-related legislation in the ole’ congressional hopper these days. And with Congress revved up for bipartisan compromise, it’s almost certain to move! Alright, half that statement is true.