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Sunday, 9 p.m. EST: Lisa Ling Explores The Nexus of Heroin and Child Welfare

Ebony Clancy and her daughter, Mercedes. Photo: Robert Palumbo
Ohio spends less on child welfare than any system in the nation. It has also been hit harder than almost any other state by the opioid crisis, which has continued unabated – perhaps worsened by – the coronavirus pandemic.


UPDATED: North Carolina Get-Tough Bill on Drug Exposed Newborns Passes, But Vetoed by Governor

Last week, the North Carolina legislature sent a bill to Gov. Roy Cooper (D) that would make it easier and faster to put babies born exposed to drugs and alcohol on a path to adoption, cutting off efforts to return them to their parents.


Drug Testing the Whole Family

In the final hour of a daylong Health and Human Services committee meeting for the Texas House of Representatives last November, Sammi Jo Magee took the microphone. Magee, the chief prosecutor in the Child Protective Services division for Taylor County, Texas, which includes Abilene, had been summoned to explain why Taylor and surrounding counties were taking more kids into foster care than any other region in the state.

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Sobriety Support Program Among A Dozen New Candidates for Federal Child Welfare Funding

A popular model that supports child welfare-involved parents through addiction treatment is among 12 new candidates under review for new federal funding.  Sobriety Treatment And Recovery Teams, known as START, is a model started in Kentucky that hinges on a specially trained caseworker and rapid access to substance abuse services.

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A Shaky Start for New Data on Sex Trafficking Victims, Prenatal Drug Exposure

The federal government’s annual Child Maltreatment publication, released last month, showed a continuing trendline on the report’s central issue. The number of child maltreatment investigations has risen by nearly 10 percent since 2014 – the amount of documented abuse and neglect from those investigations has also increased, but only by about half of 1 percent.

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Maryland Has Been Approved for Federal Foster Care Prevention Funds

Maryland has become the third child welfare system to receive approval for a plan under the Family First Prevention Services Act, allowing them to draw down federal funds for services to prevent the use of foster care in some child welfare cases.

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    Top Stories of 2019: A Year of Confused Preparation on Family First Act

    We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2019. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from this past year.

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    Bipartisan Gun Control Bill: Implications for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice


    Year-End Spending Bill Includes Hundreds of Millions for Family First Act

    The nearly 2,000-page spending bill released yesterday, which is expected to be approved by both chambers of Congress, will include legislation that seeks to incentivize and ease the path for states on implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act.

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    Early Family First Adopters Eye Motivational Interviewing as a Casework Improvement Strategy

    As we covered on Monday, you can add Motivational Interviewing (MI) as the tenth model of intervention approved by a clearinghouse for use under the Family First Prevention Services Act. It was hardly a surprise, since it’s received top ratings from other clearinghouses on child welfare services.