Rafael Lopez

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On Child Welfare, Trump Official Voices Same Priority as His Predecessor

Last week, The Imprint published an interview with Jerry Milner, who is the acting commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). In a long line of alphabet soup within the Department of Health Human Services, ACYF is the agency with direct control over most child welfare spending by the federal government.


Director Wanted: Nation’s Largest Child Welfare Agency Seeks Leader

Philip Browning’s five-year tenure as director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Children’s Services (DCFS) concludes tomorrow, and the search for his replacement is underway. Brandon Nichols, who served as chief deputy under Browning, was recently named acting director.


New York Hackathon Unites Foster Youth and Technology

It’s a crisp December day, and the city is bustling. The crowds move slowly, weaving between twinkling lights and ornate window displays, humming with the promise of the upcoming holiday season.


New York Child Welfare Leader Takes Up Obama Legacy, Foster Care Hackathons

In May, a couple hundred technologists, child welfare experts and foster youth gathered on the grounds of the White House for the first foster care hackathon to reach such national prominence.


A ‘Mind Blowing’ Experience at the White House Foster Care Hackathon

Last week, during a reception at a sleek house off of Washington D.C.’s Embassy Row, I found myself in the kitchen talking with Winnie Wechsler. Wechsler, who runs the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative, which funds a slew of child welfare related non-profits including the one I run, was amped up.


White House Foster Care Hackathon Kicks off with Commitments

On May 26, around 150 child welfare professionals, former foster youth technologists, philanthropists and various technocrats filed into a windowless auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, just adjacent to the White House.

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    38 Years After ICWA, Feds to Collect Data on Native American Foster Youth

    The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, plans for the first time to collect national data and information about Native American children involved in state and local child welfare systems.


    Family First Act: House Might Have to Make First Move

    The Family First Act has the support of the organizations representing state human services agencies and state advocacy groups. It is endorsed by the membership group representing many of the nation’s child welfare providers, many of which provide residential care.

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    Quick Takeaways from López Q&A (Updated April 5)

    Not gonna lie: When it took until last summer to get a new commissioner in at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Youth Services Insider lost interest in the happenings over there.