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LAPD Child Abuse Investigations Audit Raises New Questions

This week, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) released a much-anticipated report focused on its response to the nearly 4,000 allegations of serious child abuse it had marked “no investigation” from January 2018 through June 2019.

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When Entitlements Collide: Title IV-E and Medicaid in a Family First World

There are now less than two months until the major reforms of the Family First Prevention Services Act take effect. The central objectives are to realign the Title IV-E child welfare entitlement to include federal funds to help prevent the need for foster care in some cases, and limit federal funds for placements into group homes and other “congregate care” settings.


Hearings: Stories from Inside America’s Child Welfare Courts

On Wednesday, The Imprint will publish its first installment of “Hearings,” a series of stories from a corner of the law that is not reported on enough – America’s child welfare courts.


The NoVo Foundation Launches Major Grant Program Aimed at Stopping Sexual Exploitation

The NoVo Foundation is taking a simple approach to tackling the extremely complicated issue of sexual exploitation: decrease entrance ramps, and increase exit ramps, to “the life.” The New York-based grant maker has committed $10 million over three years to fund programs and services that help to achieve that goal.


Foster Youth Writing Contest Offers Cash Prizes and Publication — Deadline Extended to March 1

Fostering Media Connections (FMC) is running its 2nd Annual Youth Voice Writing Contest, which offers prizes of up to $500 and the chance to be published in The Imprint and our bi-monthly print magazine, Fostering Families Today.  


Short-Changed Relative Caregivers Find Champion in Georgia Lawmaker

Georgia State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D) plans to push for increased payments to relatives who care for foster children during a budget hearing Monday. Oliver will ask her colleagues on the House appropriations subcommittee for human services to commit roughly $2.68 million annually for unlicensed relative caregivers who receive significantly less from the state than licensed foster parents.


    Will Shutdown-Ending Legislation Include Rubio, Feinstein Bill to Extend Foster Care Waivers?

    Last week, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation that would allow scores of state and county child welfare agencies to delay implementing a new federal law that promises to reshape foster care.


    Holiday Lessons from a Former Foster Youth: Families Don’t Have to Be Bound by Blood

    Everyone always asks me what the holidays mean to me.  To some people the holidays are all about gifts and food. To some people the holidays are about giving and receiving.


    Ohio Child Welfare Leaders Support Federal Legislation to Extend the Title IV-E Waiver

    Imagine being a child protection agency director 20 years ago and making a bold decision to use the flexibility that comes with capped federal dollars to keep kids from entering foster care – instead of using the funding only as intended, to remove children from struggling families and place them into the system.