New York Advocates Push Back on Governor’s Proposed Cuts to Preventive Services
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed cutting state funding for services to help struggling families stay together and prevent their children from being removed to foster care.
As Buffalo Home Visitors Face Layoffs, Early Childhood Advocates Urge Statewide Investment
First-time mom Engracia Sampaio-Dunn was thrilled to learn she could receive weekly home visits to help guide her through her pregnancy and motherhood.
New York City Tries Financial Mentoring With At-Risk Families — But Leaves Out Cash Incentives
One of the most common criticisms of America’s child welfare system is that it too often ensnares impoverished parents, accusing them of neglect when the true issue is just the circumstances of poverty.
New York Foundation Invests in Family First Act Rollout
The Redlich Horwitz Foundation is staffing up a new support center devoted to helping New York transform its child welfare system. New York formally opposed the landmark reform that is encouraging the transformation – the Family First Prevention Services Act, signed by President Trump last year – but it will now be one of the first states with an organization devoted to helping local child welfare agencies meet the new strings attached to federal funds.
New York City Council Confronts Child Welfare Agency Over Emergency Parent-Child Separations
New York City Council pressed the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Commissioner David Hansell on Tuesday over a steep increase in emergency removals of children from parents who have been accused of child neglect or abuse.
Trump Child Welfare Official Impressed with Nebraska’s Child Abuse Prevention Program
The Bring Up Nebraska program drew a top Trump child welfare official to the Cornhusker State last week to learn more about its statewide plan to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Family First Act: The California “Revolt” Against Federal Finance Reform
The Family First Prevention Services Act, which passed the House earlier this week, has garnered the sworn fealty of many national and state-level child welfare advocacy groups back when it was just a draft, much of which has been retained by the pared-down version.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Surveys Differential Response
This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a brief about the efficacy of differential response (DR) and child safety in six states that have implemented this child protection strategy for over ten years.
The Family First Prevention Services Act: A Mixed Bag of Reform
Earlier this month, the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456) was finally introduced after more than a year of hearings and behind-the-scenes work by Congressional staff. The bill has two main purposes: to bolster federal investments to prevent entries into foster care, and to reduce the number of children and youth who are placed in congregate care settings.