Children’s Bureau

Texas Not Moving Fast Enough to Move Foster Children out of Hotels and Offices, Attorneys Say


Virtual Visits Are An Abandonment of Foster Children

Across the country, state and county child welfare systems are trying to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, balancing concerns for the safety of the almost 700,000 children who go through the foster care system with the health of the child welfare workers who make visits to make sure they’re alright.

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New Funding Rule Aims to Boost Effectiveness of Legal Counsel in Dependency Cases

In late 2018, the U.S. Children’s Bureau opened up the federal tap for an oft-underfunded corner of the child welfare system: legal counsel for parents, or children, involved in dependency court cases. 

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Family First Act


How the $500 Million Family First Transition Fund Will Work

The U.S. Children’s Bureau is overseeing the $500 million transition fund approved this year to help states prepare and implement the Family First Prevention Services Act, a major overhaul of child welfare funding.


Top Federal Child Welfare Officials: Family is a Compelling Reason

In a world where “social distancing” has become a necessary practice and the primary preventative measure for reducing the spread of coronavirus, we must remember that children in foster care and their families have already been “distanced” from each other.


MARCH 19, 3:30 PM EST: Top Trump Child Welfare Official and Former Foster Youth will Host COVID-19 Town Hall

On Thursday, March 19, Jerry Milner of the federal Children’s Bureau is teaming up with former foster youth and tech entrepreneur Sixto Cancel to co-host a virtual town hall inviting foster youth to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus. 


As Coronavirus Shutdowns Grow, Resource Families Left with Little Guidance

As coronavirus continues to impact Americans on all fronts – from toilet paper shortages to event cancellations and school closings – the frontline caregivers for many of the country’s foster youth have suddenly been caught off guard.

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    Utah Becomes the First State to Receive Family First Plan Approval

    The Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) announced yesterday that it is the first state to receive approval from the federal Children’s Bureau for its Family First Prevention Services Act plan.

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    ICF Gets $98 Million Contract to Continue Leading Federal Child Welfare Assistance

    Consulting firm ICF will continue to oversee the federal Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for States, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) main conduit of training and technical assistance to state and local child welfare agencies.


    Federal Report Shows Number of Youth in Foster Care Declined Last Year

    The number of youth in foster care declined for the first time since 2011, according to an annual report on youth in care released by the Department of Health and Human Services.