What’s in the 2022 Federal Spending Deal for Children and Families
The federal spending plan for 2022 is a $1.5 trillion package with billions slated for child welfare, youth justice and family homelessness.
Former Foster Youth Like Me Face Eviction as Pandemic Drags On; Congressional Champions Introduce Life-Saving Extensions
As the pandemic drags on, young people from foster care are continuing to struggle, and the federal relief provided for older youth from foster care will soon expire.
Karen Bass, Longtime Leader on Child Welfare Policy, In the Mix for Vice President
CBS News reported this morning that U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D), who represents the 37th district of Los Angeles, is being vetted as a potential running mate for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Congressional Internship for Foster Youth Forced to Go Remote
The coronavirus pandemic has affected seemingly everything, and the 20th annual congressional summer internship program for former foster youth is no exception. For the first time in the history of the Foster Youth Internship Program, familiarly known as FYI, participants in the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s program will take place not in Washington, D.C.,
Protecting Children Must Be Part of The Next Stimulus Package
The coronavirus crisis has put children in foster care – and those who need to be there – at serious risk in numerous, unnerving ways. To date, however, they and their families have barely been mentioned as potential victims of the pandemic, and the federal government has been done virtually nothing to help them.
Child Welfare Advocates Around Country Ask for More than $3 Billion in Next Stimulus
Hundreds of child welfare and family services organizations signed on to a letter asking House and Senate leadership for a massive boost to child welfare funding for the year as part of a possible next piece of stimulus legislation.
Trump Signs Spending Bill with Family First Sweeteners, Boosts to Head Start and Child Care
Just days after being impeached by the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump signed a spending bill for 2020 that includes hundreds of millions in funding to assist states with a recent overhaul of federal child welfare financing.
Klobuchar, Murkowski Introduce Bill on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced legislation today that would restore long lost federal dollars to help children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The Advancing FASD Research, Prevention and Services Act would amend the Public Health Service Act to include $42 million for research and services grants focused on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Florida Congresswoman Joins Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) became the newest co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA) earlier this week. The largest bicameral, bipartisan congressional member organization, CCA focuses on issues related to adoption and foster care, as well as domestic and international child welfare.