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9/19/2017

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.

9/8/2017

L.A. County Needs More Home Visiting, But Dollars Decline

A new assessment of Los Angeles County’s home visiting portfolio suggests the county has a number of effective programs, but a significant gap between available services and families that need it.

5/22/2017

The RAND Approach to Child Welfare: Cutting Cost, Improving Outcomes

This week, the RAND Corporation issued a report describing how federal child welfare policy could be changed to improve outcomes for children and youth while saving $12.3 billion. To reach its conclusions, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based

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4/11/2017

Big Data’s Latest Brainstorm: Target Poor People and Make Parents Suspects If They Ask For Help

Remember the good old days when the one thing almost everyone interested in child welfare could agree on was “home visiting”? Assign a trained worker to help “at-risk” new parents, sometimes even before the child’s birth.

1/17/2017

What We Can Expect from the Trump Administration

President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s administration and its likely policies pose many more questions than answers.  What does a Trump presidency mean for those in the child welfare field? What impact will Dr.

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1/9/2017

The Big Questions for Youth Services in 2017

Last week, Youth Services Insider reflected on some of the bigger stories in child welfare and juvenile justice for 2016. Now, let’s look ahead. Following are a few things we think will be hot topics in 2017.

12/14/2016

L.A. County Pushes Forward on Home Visiting

Next week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion aimed at “enhancing” and “expanding” the county’s patchwork of home visiting programs. In L.A., like across the country, the concept of home visiting takes many forms.

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11/5/2016

Notes from Wicked Problems: Big Data on Trauma, Solution-Based Casework, and More

Note: This column was updated on November 6 It was a big week in Chicago. The Cubs finally broke through and won the World Series, and all of the intractable problems with child welfare were fixed.

7/13/2016

L.A. County Debates Role of Public Health Nurses in Child Protection

A June 30 report calling for the termination of Los Angeles County’s experimental public health nurse program has sparked a rich debate about the role of such nurses in child abuse investigations.