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Feds Ease Restrictions on Funds for Extended Care and Foster Homes

The Trump administration is using a 32-year-old law to loosen some restrictions on foster care funding for state child welfare agencies.  The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced in a program instruction yesterday that it would greatly ease the process for getting federal funds for extended foster care, and would permit funds for foster homes that have not been fully licensed. 

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A Federal Thumbs Up for Co-Parenting in Foster Care

In 2019, Nebraska announced plans for a pilot project in which foster parents would play a starring role in the reunification process, going beyond the traditional role of a caregiver for kids.


After Third Failing Grade on Federal Review, Hawaii Drawing Up Child Welfare Improvement Plan

Hawaii is working to develop a plan to improve its child welfare system after a federal review found that the state for the third time had failed to meet several federal standards for children in its foster care system.


Federal Government Holding Mural Contest for Runaway, Homeless Youth

The Family and Youth Services Bureau, a division of the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF), is hosting the eighth iteration of its mural contest for runaway and homeless youth.


Q&A with Rep. Dave Reichert: Personal Experience Keeps Him Committed to Kids

The abuse and neglect that Dave Reichert (D-Wash.) experienced as a child led him down a path to help kids through his law enforcement career. As a lead detective on the infamous Green River murder case in Washington, Reichert witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of foster care, neglect and abuse that led young girls into prostitution and ultimately into the hands of a serial killer.


Q&A with Sen. Chuck Grassley, Long-time Champion for Kids

Among Congress’ noted champions for disadvantaged and at-risk youth, there isn’t a member with more power than Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the current co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth.

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    Bills to Watch: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Legislation in 2018

    Yesterday, Youth Services Insider hit on the two no-brainer pieces of legislation that Congress should get moving this year when it comes to youth services. Today, we look at the longer list of bills and policies to watch as Washington prepares for what will surely be a tumultuous fiscal 2018.

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    No Brainers: Congress Should Act Quickly on Home Visiting and Foster Youth Jobs Program

    Check back here tomorrow for Youth Services Insider‘s long list of youth-related federal legislation to keep an eye on this fiscal year. But we begin today with two pieces of legislation that, in Youth Services Insider‘s estimation, are no- brainers.


    Funding Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    According to a new guide released by Futures Without Violence, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can provide states and school districts with improved ways to support a positive school climate and help address the needs of children who have been exposed to trauma.