New Accountability Report Says States Underspending Adoption Savings
A Government Accountability Office report found mixed results in the effort to get states to spend more on the front and back ends of child welfare.
Feds Ease Restrictions on Funds for Extended Care and Foster Homes
The Trump administration is using a 32-year-old law to loosen some restrictions on foster care funding for state child welfare agencies. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced in a program instruction yesterday that it would greatly ease the process for getting federal funds for extended foster care, and would permit funds for foster homes that have not been fully licensed.
Feds Allow Adoption Savings To Cover Title IV-E Match Requirements
A subtle change in child welfare policy, made shortly before the world went indoors, will allow child welfare agencies to use a calculation called “adoption savings” discount on matching certain spending requirements on federal funds.
Bumpy Ride in Wyoming for Bills to Create Parent and Child Representation Offices
Just days into Wyoming’s legislative session, bills to expand legal counsel to children and parents in child welfare court were killed by a lack of support. But half of the package has already been raised from the dead.
Los Angeles Expects Nearly $300 Million from Family First Transition Law
As implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act gradually rolls out, Los Angeles County anticipated that the move away from its special agreement on federal child welfare funding would mean an annual loss of more than $200 million.
Wyoming Greenlights Move for Child Defender Unit, Still Mulling Office for Parent Representation
Yesterday, the Wyoming Judiciary Committee voted in favor of a proposal that would move child representation out of the Office of State Public Defenders and establish a standalone Wyoming Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) office, but moved to hear more discussion on the creation of a similar Office of Parent Counsel at the next committee meeting.
Wyoming Eyes Legal Defense Offices for Children and Parents
Wyoming is hoping to use newly available federal funds to improve its guarantees of representation to children and parents involved in child welfare proceedings. The two proposals working their way through Wyoming’s Judiciary Committee would move child representation out of the Office of State Public Defenders, and establish a standalone office.
Nebraska Moving Toward Family First Act Contracts
Earlier this week, Nebraska Division of Children and Family Services issued two requests for qualifications (RFQs) for potential providers of services under the Family First Prevention Services Act. The RFQs asked for proposals on Evidence-Based In-Home Parenting Skills Services and Evidence-Based Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.
Pediatricians Group Lines Up Against Federal Bill to Extend Child Welfare Waivers
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced last week that it opposes federal legislation that would temporarily preserve child welfare waivers and delay implementation of the landmark Family First Prevention Services Act.