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Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Federal Extended Foster Care Program

Federal lawmakers from California and Indiana have introduced a bill to offer federal support to states that extend foster care from 18 to 21.

California Governor to Decide on Family Reunification Bills, and More


New Bill Would Require States To Distinguish Poverty From Child Neglect

Reflecting a growing movement to tease out poverty from the many reasons U.S. children are taken into foster care, a new bill before Congress requires states to avoid maltreatment investigations that center solely on a family’s homelessness or lack of financial resources.

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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.