Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program, a group of 11 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.

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Clearinghouse OKs Five More Programs for Family First Act

The federal Prevention Services Clearinghouse has cleared five new service models for funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act, bringing the current number of options up to 34.


Study of Twins Shows Harsh Parental Discipline Tied to More Misbehavior

Six month old twin boys laughing and smiling. Photo courtesy of the Raising Children Network
In a study of twins aimed at teasing out answers to an aspect of the classic nature-versus-nurture debate, researchers have found that the child who was more harshly disciplined than the sibling twin was more likely to develop more behavior problems.


Alumni Summit Part of Growth Plan for Single Mothers Program

Nearing 25 years of operation, the Jeremiah Program held its first-ever alumni summit in March to celebrate the thousands of single mothers it has served.

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Pilot Programs Aim to Boost Future Parents’ Sense of Responsibility

Eight states are developing pilot programs to educate young expecting parents about their  responsibilities, including how to manage their finances, emotions and relationships. The grant money for the programs will come from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.


Home Visitors Left to Check on Parents from Afar

Ebony Middlebrook has spent a decade dropping by the homes of Los Angeles newborns and their families as a “home visitor” for Welcome Baby, a free program that coaches moms and dads on issues like early childhood development, breastfeeding, recognizing the signs of postpartum depression, and obtaining medical coverage. 

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    Sobriety Support Program Among A Dozen New Candidates for Federal Child Welfare Funding

    A popular model that supports child welfare-involved parents through addiction treatment is among 12 new candidates under review for new federal funding.  Sobriety Treatment And Recovery Teams, known as START, is a model started in Kentucky that hinges on a specially trained caseworker and rapid access to substance abuse services.

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    How the $500 Million Family First Transition Fund Will Work

    The U.S. Children’s Bureau is overseeing the $500 million transition fund approved this year to help states prepare and implement the Family First Prevention Services Act, a major overhaul of child welfare funding.

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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.