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Presidential Requestimates: The Past 20 Years of IV-E Projections

If you don’t want to digest an unconscionably dorky, potentially useless amount of information about presidential estimates of the IV-E child welfare entitlements, you should leave now. Stay on The Imprint of course, just maybe click to another article.

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Updated: Amid Cuts to Youth Services, Trump Includes Big Increase to Child Welfare Entitlement

Note: CLICK HERE for an updated Trump Budget Request chart, which includes the 2017 appropriations figures from the recent omnibus deal reached in early May. President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal includes a slate of deep cuts and eliminations of programs aimed at serving youth and families, but includes a hefty increase in the amount spent on an entitlement for foster care and adoption assistance.


California Moves Toward Mental Health Equality for Kids

Last week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released an informational notice* announcing the formula that will be used to allocate over $60 million of growth funds from the Behavioral Health Services Growth Special Account to county mental health programs in California.  


Wyden Introduces Bill To Overhaul Foster Care Entitlement

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, has introduced a bill that would significantly expand a multi-billion dollar federal entitlement program that currently funds only foster care services.


After Two Years, Health & Human Services Close to Having Leader at ACYF

Bryan Samuels, the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Famlies (ACYF) during Obama’s first term, left the administration in August of 2013 and joined research and advocacy outfit Chapin Hall in Chicago.


Allocating Equality: EPSDT, Realignment, California and Foster Care

The California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services heard testimony Monday, May 18th, on proposed changes to the methodology used to allocate 2011 Realignment Behavioral Health Growth funding to county mental health programs.

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    Child Welfare Finance Going Forward: Notes from The Roundtable

    Just before Congress called it a summer, lead staffers for two Senate leaders on child welfare put together what amounted to a rapid-fire pitch meeting for child welfare policy ideas. Kathy Nuebel and Libby Whitbeck – staffers for Sens.


    The Child Welfare Financing Structure

    The current child welfare financing structure is a complex system consisting of various federal, state, and local funding streams.Federal funds account for approximately half of states’ total reported spending for child welfare services, and that money comes from more than 30 programs.


    California’s Lack of Support for Relative Foster Parents

    California has a lot to be proud of when it comes to leading the country in reforming child welfare. It has been at the cutting edge of efforts to improve academic outcomes for foster youth and that leadership should continue with implementation of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) combined with preservation of Foster Youth Services (FYS) Thanks to the 2010 passage of Assembly Bill 12, the state was also one of the first in the country to provide extended foster care for youth who would otherwise have aged out of the system.