Don’t Be Afraid of the Block Grant Bogeyman

In my previous column on child welfare finance reform, I wrote about the incentives that push governments toward needlessly tearing apart families. Those incentives exist for everyone from the frontline caseworker to the child welfare agency chief.


The Great Waiver Myth

This analysis is part of The Imprint’s series entitled: “Dollars and Priorities: The Financing of Child Welfare.” As I begin this series analyzing efforts to change how the federal government finances the country’s child welfare systems, the Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration (“waiver”) program seems like a natural place to start.

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Child Welfare Finance Going Forward: Notes from The Roundtable

Just before Congress called it a summer, lead staffers for two Senate leaders on child welfare put together what amounted to a rapid-fire pitch meeting for child welfare policy ideas. Kathy Nuebel and Libby Whitbeck – staffers for Sens.


Capitol View on Kids: Deal to be Made on 2013 Budget?

In Washington there are regular reports of senators meeting to create a budget compromise that could be taken up after the election. Some of the discussions are more public than others, and it is uncertain how much of it will turn into real action.


Capitol View on Kids: Congress to Settle Spending for Now, Then Leave

Congress is making a quick exit for the campaign trail as the House of Representatives took only a few days last week to approve a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government for the next six months. 


Capitol View on Kids: House Moves on Labor-HHS; TANF Memo Challenged

House Subcommittee Adopts Labor-HHS Appropriations The House Appropriation Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) approved an appropriations bill for the three departments for the first time in two years.