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United Nations Committee Suggests the U.S. Change or Repeal Major Child Welfare Policies


UN Committee Suggests the US Change or Repeal Major Child Welfare Policies

A UN committee to end racial discrimination said Congress and the Biden administration should amend or repeal certain child welfare policies.

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Senators Propose Medicaid Exception for Congregate Foster Care


Senators Propose Medicaid Exception for Congregate Foster Care

Two senators have proposed legislation that would enable states to draw Medicaid funding for foster youth living in certain residential treatment programs.

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Federal bill would standardize home visit process for adoption, foster placement


Federal Bill Would Standardize Home Visit Process for Adoption, Foster Placement

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers has introduced a resolution that would standardize the process of conducting home visits.


Susan Dreyfus Leaving Alliance for Strong Families and Communities in 2020

Susan Dreyfus, CEO for Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, will step down in 2020, the organization announced this week. “I’ve been talking with the board about this transition for much of the year,” Dreyfus said in a press release.


Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #1: Getting Tough on Educational Stability

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.


Children’s Defense Fund Adds New Policy Staffer on Child Welfare, Mental Health

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), which recently mourned the loss of its senior expert on child welfare policy, has brought in Steven Olender to serve as a policy staffer on the issue.



    MaryLee Allen, Long Time Policy Director at Children’s Defense Fund, Has Passed Away at 74

    MaryLee Allen, who for decades led on the issue of child welfare for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), died of liver cancer at the age of 74 last week. Allen, who is among the foremost experts on federal policy on child welfare, joined CDF shortly after its founding in 1973.


    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.

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    Columbia University Report Backs Overhaul of Colorado’s Juvenile Justice Approach


    Juvenile Justice Reauthorization Could Happen as Early as Tomorrow

    A bill that would finally update the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), after more than 15 years, appears headed for passage as early as Tuesday. UPDATE: The bill has passed the Senate, and now heads to the House of Representatives for approval.