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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.

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Lawsuit: Lesbian Couple Who Did Not ‘Mirror the Holy Family’ Denied Chance to Foster Refugee Kids

Catholic Charities of Fort Worth (CCFW), a Texas faith-based organization that helps find foster care placements for refugee children, recently sought out the help of Fatma Marouf, a 41-year-old law professor who heads up the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Texas A&M University.

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Sessions Rescinds Two Juvenile Justice Guidances, “Retires” OJJDP’s Online College

Heading into the holiday weekend, the Justice Department announced late this week that it would wipe out a year-old guidance on fees and fines for juvenile offenders and their families, and federal rules on a once-significant juvenile justice block grant.

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Beyond Last Week’s News About Increasing Foster Care Rates: More Adoption, Indiana in Crisis, Long Term Foster Care and More

Last Thursday, The Imprint reported on the topline of the recently released Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report, the annual report produced by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).


National Foster Care Numbers Continue To Rise; Up 10 Percent Since 2012

The number of youth living in foster care has increased for a fourth straight year, rising to 437,465 in 2016, according to data released today by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

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On Same-Sex Parenting, Roy Moore ‘Relic’ of Not-So-Distant Past

As reporters and columnists for CNN and Slate have mentioned, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) actively curtailed the parental rights of the LGBT community during his career as a judge.

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    Projection: National Foster Care Numbers Continue to Rise in 2017

    This week, The Imprint released a report on foster care capacity nationwide, which included a projection that the overall number of U.S. foster kids is continuing to go up. Based on foster care totals from the 30 states that provided information, we project that the total number of children in foster care in 2017 is roughly 443,000, 3 percent more than the 2015 federal count, the last year such data was made available.

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    Becky Shipp, Key Senate Staffer on Child Welfare, Heads to Private Sector

    Becky Shipp, a veteran policy advisor for the Senate Finance Committee, has been named vice president of The Sheridan Group, a D.C.-based consulting firm that specializes in helping to create advocacy campaigns.

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    Senators Introduce Home Visiting Bill Without State Match Requirement

    With less than two weeks before the federal program to support home visiting expires, the Senate has introduced a bill that sets up a showdown of sorts with the House over whether to make states match the money.