Youth Services Insider


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.



An Invitation to Remake Child Welfare

A few days before Christmas, the federal government extended an invitation to state child welfare agencies that has the potential to completely transform the system. The invitation did not arrive with great publicity.

Youth Services Insider


Feds Won’t Disclose Which States Might Delay on Family First Act

The Children’s Bureau (CB) might have some idea how many states are thinking about seeking a delay on implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act. But it’s not telling. Mum’s the word, for whatever reason, about what news came in by the November 9 deadline the agency imposed on states to notify CB about whether they intended to seek a delay on implementing the law.


George Sheldon, Who Led State and Federal Child Welfare Agencies, Dead at Age 71

George Sheldon, who led two of the largest state human services agencies in the nation and oversaw child welfare for the Obama administration, passed away at the age of 71 on Thursday.

Youth Services Insider
Family First Act


Family First Prevention Services Act Update: Federal Rules, Delay Deadlines, State Flexibility and More

It’s been a little more than five months since the Family First Prevention Services Act, one of the biggest shifts in the history of federal child welfare financing, was shoehorned into a stopgap spending bill.

Youth Services Insider


Oklahoma Governor Signs Faith-Based Foster Care Bill, Kansas is Likely Next

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed into law a bill that permits the state’s faith-based child welfare partners to discriminate against same-sex couples, single or unmarried people, and possibly even LGBTQ youth.


    On Child Welfare, an Insufficient Federal Response to the Opioid Epidemic

    In 2012, following more than a decade of significant decline, the number of American children in foster care began rising. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of children in foster care nationally has increased by more than 10 percent.


    Feds Almost Lose One of Its Two Secure Detention Centers for Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

    On Tuesday, officials in Yolo County, Calif., agreed to keep open a juvenile detention facility for undocumented immigrant youth after a report revealed that many youth there have unmet mental health issues.

    Youth Services Insider
    Lynn Johnson takes role at CityServe


    Confirmation Hearing Tuesday for Trump’s Top Child Welfare Official

    Lynn Johnson, President Trump’s choice to lead the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services, is scheduled for next Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.