Family First Clearinghouse Approves Two New Services, Will Reconsider Ohio Kinship Navigator
The federal Prevention Services Clearinghouse has cleared two new service models for funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act, and plans to re-review an Ohio kinship support program.
Delete the Word ‘Grandfamilies’
For the past five years, the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), along with more than a dozen other states and the United States Senate and House, have issued resolutions/proclamations to commemorate September as “Kinship Care Month.”
Feds Allow Adoption Savings To Cover Title IV-E Match Requirements
A subtle change in child welfare policy, made shortly before the world went indoors, will allow child welfare agencies to use a calculation called “adoption savings” discount on matching certain spending requirements on federal funds.
New York Cuts Support For Grandparents, Other Kin Caring for At-Risk Kids
With New York shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and vulnerable families under threat like never before, lawmakers approved a state budget late last week gutting support for grandparents, neighbors and other kin caring for children who otherwise might be in foster care.
Clearinghouse Less Than Clear on Kinship Navigators
The newly established clearinghouse to approve Family First Act services has looked at three kinship navigators, one-stop shops set up to help kin who take in a grandchild, nephew or family friend.
New York Boosts Support For Relatives Caring for Neglected Kids
In 2013, a volunteer for an upstate New York legal aid office met with a couple planning to take in two girls — the daughters of the wife’s sister, who was struggling with drug addiction.
New Federal Kinship Funding, a Prelude to Family First Act, Up for Grabs
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put out instructions late last week for funds to help build programs that help relative caregivers, a service that the federal government will soon split the cost of with states.
As Florida Faces Child Welfare Lawsuit, Legislature Tries to Speed Up Foster Care Exits
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) was hit this week with a federal class-action lawsuit stemming from its failure to supply enough foster home beds in the state’s southern region, a problem the state’s legislature is hoping to address with legislation aimed at shortening the length of stay in care.