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.
Children’s Defense Fund Adds New Policy Staffer on Child Welfare, Mental Health
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), which recently mourned the loss of its senior expert on child welfare policy, has brought in Steven Olender to serve as a policy staffer on the issue.
Remembering MaryLee Allen
Last week, the world lost MaryLee Allen, the longtime leader on child welfare policy for the Children’s Defense Fund. Allen, who had a hand in most of the federal legislation passed on the issue in the past four decades, died at age 74 from liver cancer.
MaryLee Allen, Long Time Policy Director at Children’s Defense Fund, Has Passed Away at 74
MaryLee Allen, who for decades led on the issue of child welfare for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), died of liver cancer at the age of 74 last week. Allen, who is among the foremost experts on federal policy on child welfare, joined CDF shortly after its founding in 1973.