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Family First Clearinghouse Approves Two New Services, Will Reconsider Ohio Kinship Navigator

7/27/2021

Government Seeks Comment on Possible Changes to Family First Handbook

The Biden administration may revise the handbook for evaluating services meant to prevent the use of foster care in some child welfare cases.

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Honoring the Life of Ma’Khia Bryant: An Ombudsperson for Foster Youth in Ohio

6/4/2021

Lawmakers Seek Probe Into Foster Care Life of Ma’Khia Bryant

Lawmakers are calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the foster care experience of Ma’Khia Bryant, the 16-year-old Black girl who police shot and killed on April 20.

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Bipartisan Gun Control Bill: Implications for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

5/24/2021

Senators Introduce Bill to Curb Child Welfare Worker Burnout

Few occupations are tougher on workers than those in the child welfare field, with national turnover rates estimated to chronically range from 20% to 40% a year. Two U.S. Senators want the Department of Health and Human Services to lighten the load for these workers.

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Senate Bill Seeks Better Data on Child Abuse Deaths

5/23/2021

Senate Bill Seeks Better Data on Child Abuse Deaths

States would be required to report all deaths related to child abuse and create recommendations for curbing them under a bipartisan bill being pushed in the U.S. Senate.

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2/19/2021

JooYeun Chang Joins Biden Child Welfare Team

JooYeun Chang, who is departing as child welfare director for the State of Michigan to join the Biden administration. Photo: U.S. Administration for Children and Families
Former Michigan child welfare director JooYeun Chang has joined the Biden administration as the principal deputy assistant secretary at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

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2/16/2021

As Health Secretary Nomination Lingers, Biden Names Chief of Staff at Administration for Children and Families

Larry Handerhan has been tapped to be chief of staff at the Administration for Children and Families
There is still no news on who President Joe Biden will nominate or appoint to fill the key child welfare leadership spots at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the large agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees child welfare funding and policy along with many other family assistance programs.

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    Medicaid

    8/5/2020

    Recommendation to Check Abuse Reports with Medicaid Based on Questionable Analysis

    Last month, an inspector general report out of the Department of Health and Human Services recommended that Medicaid data can be used “to identify instances of potential child abuse or neglect.”

    8/16/2019

    Wyoming Greenlights Move for Child Defender Unit, Still Mulling Office for Parent Representation

    Yesterday, the Wyoming Judiciary Committee voted in favor of a proposal that would move child representation out of the Office of State Public Defenders and establish a standalone Wyoming Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) office, but moved to hear more discussion on the creation of a similar Office of Parent Counsel at the next committee meeting.

    6/13/2019

    Website Changes Foreshadowed New Trump Limits on Unaccompanied Minors Program

    Changes made to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) website before May 23, 2019, foreshadowed policy changes related to unaccompanied migrant children that were not announced, even to ORR grantees, until May 30, 2019.