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Bills Would Add $520 Million to Support Older Foster Youth, Help Prevent Aging Out

House leadership on child welfare introduced two bills today that would increase funds for older foster youth and help states prevent teens and young adults in foster care from aging out of the system during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Feds Lay Out Minimum Expectations for Child Welfare Courts During Coronavirus

As juvenile and family courts around the country settle into emergency postures during a period of national social distancing, one of the nation’s top child welfare officials issued a reminder of the legal steps that must be taken in order for federal dollars to flow from Title IV-E, a multi-billion dollar entitlement that helps pay for family preservation, foster care and adoption.

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Trump Budget 2021: Family First Enhancements, Block Grants, Unaccompanied Minors

President Trump released his 2021 budget this month, and Youth Services Insider has finally had time to break this one down. It includes a mix of sizable cuts to programs that serve disadvantaged youths and young adults, and a few intriguing legislative proposals.

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Arkansas Has Been Approved for Family First Act Funding

The U.S. Children’s Bureau has approved Arkansas’s plan under the Family First Prevention Services Act, which will enable the state to draw down federal funds for services aimed at preventing the use of foster care in certain child welfare cases.

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Top Stories of 2019: A Year of Confused Preparation on Family First Act

We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2019. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from this past year.

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Bipartisan Gun Control Bill: Implications for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice


Year-End Spending Bill Includes Hundreds of Millions for Family First Act

The nearly 2,000-page spending bill released yesterday, which is expected to be approved by both chambers of Congress, will include legislation that seeks to incentivize and ease the path for states on implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act.

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    Family First Transitional Bill Set to Move, with One Heartwarming Addition

    In late September, Youth Services Insider reported on a draft bill floating around that would offer cash and some easing on restrictions to help states more quickly implement the Family First Prevention Services Act, a major overhaul of federal child welfare funding that passed in 2018 and mostly took effect last month.

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    Florida’s IV-E Waiver Hit is a Fraction of What Was Feared

    This month, a slate of federal waivers offering states flexibility on child welfare funds came to an end. Many of the big child welfare systems with waivers have forecasted big cuts to the federal supply of dollars to their budgets as a result.

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    Latest Family First Tally: 39 States Taking Delay for Up to Two Years

    The two main provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act took effect this month, opening up federal funds for preventing the use of foster care while limiting support for group homes.