Department of Health and Human Services
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.
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.
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.
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.
JooYeun Chang Joins Biden Child Welfare Team
As Health Secretary Nomination Lingers, Biden Names Chief of Staff at Administration for Children and Families
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.”
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.
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.