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Family First Bill: CBO Projects Long-Term Savings, Does Not Expect Big Drop in Congregate Care

The Family First Prevention Services Act passed by voice vote in the House last night, and now heads back to the Senate. Nothing has been scheduled on the Senate side yet, but people close to the bill believe it could take a week or two to map out a path to a vote.


Texas Loses Child Welfare Lawsuit to Children’s Rights

U.S. District Court Judge Janis Jack has ruled against the State of Texas in a class action lawsuit about the way the state’s child welfare agency handles certain foster youth. The court will now appoint a special master to preside over a mandatory reform of the Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC) program of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

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Two Things to Watch on Group Care Discussions in Senate

Lexie Gruber and her sister couldn’t live at home anymore, but her uncle was ready and willing to welcome both girls with open arms. The State of Connecticut deemed his house unfit because it did not have enough bedrooms.


Smaller Role for Residential Care, Witnesses Urge Senate Finance Committee

Group settings should only be used for brief and emergency interventions in the foster care system, a panel of witnesses told members of the Senate Finance Committee today. “There is a wide consensus that children are best served in a family setting,” said Sen.