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.
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.
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.
Profiles in Permanency: Tuning into Teens in New Jersey
The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year cooperative agreement, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, designed to promote permanence when reunification is no longer a goal and improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support.