$800 Million Federal Emergency Fund Proposed to Prevent Family, Youth Homelessness
A bipartisan group of Senators has proposed an $800 million emergency fund to help communities address family and youth homelessness as advocates fear a potentially disastrous wave of instability as coronavirus continues to hamper the economy.
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.
Florida’s IV-E Waiver Hit is a Fraction of What Was Feared
This month, a slate of federal waivers offering states flexibility on child welfare funds came to an end. Many of the big child welfare systems with waivers have forecasted big cuts to the federal supply of dollars to their budgets as a result.
Latest Family First Tally: 39 States Taking Delay for Up to Two Years
The two main provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act took effect this month, opening up federal funds for preventing the use of foster care while limiting support for group homes.
Michigan Rolls Out Plan to Expand, Improve Legal Counsel in Child Welfare Court
Michigan’s child welfare agency announced that it will work with any interested local court system to help access new federal funds available for the legal representation of parents and children in child welfare courts.
Exclusive: At Least Seventeen States Have Requested Delay of Family First Act Since November
Youth Services Insider has heard a range of numbers thrown around lately in regard to how many states plan to delay implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act, which mostly takes effect in October.
Trump’s 2020 Budget for Family and Youth Services
President Donald Trump released his 2020 spending proposal, dubbed “A Budget for a Better America,” late last week. On Monday, the Office of Management and Budget and various cabinet agencies released the fine print.
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Lays Out New Plan for Policy Work
In August, Youth Services Insider reported on a leadership shakeup at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. The entire staff of the Washington, D.C., office was let go as the membership organization, which represents hundreds of family and youth services agencies around the country, sought to rebuild its Beltway presence.
Cagle Coalition Seeks House Bill to Mirror Feinstein-Rubio Legislation Extending Title IV-Waivers
Proponents of a bill to extend flexible funding waivers for child welfare services in some states are looking for a member of Congress willing to lead the charge in the House of Representatives.
Trump Administration Rule Change Could Unleash Hundreds of Millions in Federal Funds to Defend Rights of Parents, Children in Child Protection Cases
Documentarian Karen Grau has been filming dependency court proceedings for decades. In her experience, there’s one variable that makes it easy to know early in a case if justice will be served.