Eight New Programs Approved, Ten Rejected By Family First Act Clearinghouse
he federal clearinghouse that approves foster care prevention services has cleared eight new programs, including a Utah program aimed at instilling confidence and communications skills in parents and another parenting program designed for Black parents.
Biden Proposes Major Spending Shifts to Prioritize Kin, Foster Care Prevention
President Joe Biden released a budget proposal that included funds to prioritize kinship caregivers and prevent removals from foster care.
Three Conversations Every Child Welfare System Should Have to Start 2022
Paul DiLorenzo describes three conversations that child welfare leaders in every state should be having as 2022 begins.
Nebraska’s Foster Care Prevention Plan Approved by Feds
Nebraska is about to greatly enhance its prevention aimed at building up families and curbing the state’s use of foster care. The state announced last week that the federal government has approved its plan to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act, a move that will allow Nebraska to tap into more money and services for families and children.
Family Enrichment Centers Show Early Promise in New York City, Evaluation Reports
New York City’s child welfare agency launched a bold small experiment in 2018: Three new community rooms deep in the city’s most under-resourced neighborhoods would offer comfy, staffed spaces for families to seek no-strings-attached advice and support, computer access, meeting space or children’s playtime, all at no cost.
It’s Time for State Prevention Services Systems
As we navigate the effects of a global pandemic and economic recession, we have the opportunity to rethink the ways we provide services and supports to children and families before they find themselves in crisis.
Child Welfare Advocates Around Country Ask for More than $3 Billion in Next Stimulus
Hundreds of child welfare and family services organizations signed on to a letter asking House and Senate leadership for a massive boost to child welfare funding for the year as part of a possible next piece of stimulus legislation.
Top Federal Child Welfare Officials: Family is a Compelling Reason
In a world where “social distancing” has become a necessary practice and the primary preventative measure for reducing the spread of coronavirus, we must remember that children in foster care and their families have already been “distanced” from each other.
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.
Reimagining Our ‘Newest’ Family Support Model
For the past three decades I have been involved in the development of family resource centers, community-based facilities that serve as a gateway to critical supports and services for families. They existed long before I began that work, and our social work profession was founded on the back of settlement houses that were part of a broader reform movement starting with Jane Addams in 1889.