Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #10: Federal Benefits for Relative Caregivers

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.


Clearing a Road to Permanency and Stability for L.A. County Foster Youth

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is slated to consider two motions to improve permanency and food security among transition-age foster youth. Tomorrow’s proposed initiatives are the latest in a series of motions focused on improving outcomes for foster youth as they age out of L.A.


In California, Child Welfare Leaders Continue Heated Debate Over Federal Entitlement Reform

Less than a year after landmark federal legislation quietly transformed the child welfare field, tensions about the future of federal support for foster care emerged again in California. At a meeting of the state’s influential County Welfare Directors Association, Jerry Milner— one of the the nation’s top child welfare officials— laid out his vision for overhauling the country’s foster care system in the wake of the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act.


Older Foster Youth Would Be Challenged by Proposed Work Requirements for Food Stamps

Access to food stamps for millions of people hangs in the balance as Congress negotiates two disparate versions of the farm bill. Last week, the House passed a bill that calls for significant cuts to the federal food stamp program, known nationally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


You Can’t Fix Child Welfare Spending with Distorted Data and Doublethink

In 1984, George Orwell defined “doublethink” as holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting them both. In child welfare, for example, we have been told for decades that child welfare systems don’t take away children because their families are poor.


Moving Beyond Trauma: Child Migrants and Refugees in the United States

The U.S. Border Patrol will have intercepted an estimated 90,000 children without any sort of legal protective status by the end of 2016. These are mostly traumatized children who are fleeing violence in their home countries, often without an adult.


    Philadelphia Organization Spreads Word about Food Assistance Cuts

    Recent changes to eligibility requirements for the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, SNAP, threaten to increase food insecurity for thousands of Americans who rely on these benefits, according to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service which released a memo to all regional directors of SNAP on June 26, 2015.


    Amid New Federal Restrictions, Philadelphia Nonprofit Works to Increase Food Security

    Food insecurity, which according to the USDA is “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food,” has long been known to have adverse health consequences.

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    Capitol View on Kids: Mixed Reading on Fiscal Cliff

    Time continues to wind down toward the end of 2012, which is also the deadline to get an agreement on federal budget and tax policy before America goes over the so-called fiscal cliff.