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Massive Child Welfare Finance Bill Planned for 2016

Senate Finance Committee leadership plans to meld several major child welfare financing shifts into one bill called the Families First Act (FFA). The act, which will be introduced next year, would likely mark the biggest change in federal child welfare policy since the passage of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act in 1980.


Foster Youth-Led Council to Feds: Help Us Help Ourselves

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress should find more ways to financially support peer networks and advocacy led by current and former foster youth, said a group of young advocates at a briefing held at the U.S.

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AmeriCorps Partnerships Funding: Coming Soon

Apparently it’s not your grandmother’s AmeriCorps program over there at the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS)! The agency just issued a request for proposals to use AmeriCorps slots to provide lawyers and paralegals willing to help with legal proceedings for unaccompanied minors (if you haven’t turned the news on, we have a lot more of them now).

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Alliance-UNCA Merger: 2015 Will Tell the Tale

It should always be noted when an organization threaded into the fabric of American history comes to an end. So it was in October, when it was announced that the United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), the courier of Jane Addams’ settlement house movement, would cease to exist for the first time since 1911.

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YSI: National Partnership for Juvenile Services, Day Two

Day Two of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services annual symposium. It’s Youth Services Insider’s last day in Louisville, the city that bourbon built. As a UConn basketball fan, it’s been painful to walk by the home court of our rival and current national champion on the walk to the conference every day from our room at the EconoLodge.

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Rick Bowen: American Scumbag

Youth Services Insider gives major kudos to the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for  Investigative Reporting (CIR) for their joint special on America’s 50 Worst Charities. Youth-serving advocates and direct service providers will grimace at the fact that, while many of them struggle for government funds and donations, the list of 50 worst charities is dotted with organizations that purport to serve kids but really just launder dollars raised by professional fundraisers.

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    Social Impact Bonds Creep into Federal Grants for Offender Reentry

    The Imprint posted this Justice Department Request for Proposals, for addressing co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders in adult offenders, last week. It is a $600,000 award available to state and tribal governments.

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    Public Radio Starts Six-Part Series on Intersection of Education and Juvenile Justice

    The Tavis Smiley Show – the radio version of it – will begin a six-part series entitled “Education Under Arrest” today. For listings on airtime, or find the recording, click here.

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    Texas Senator Two-Steps on School Security and Discipline

    You know Texas? Big state, couple of pro football teams, hints at seceding every once in awhile? Yeah, you’ve heard of it! Here’s an interesting bit of Texas policy news that Youth Services Insider caught onto late in January: There are currently legislative efforts to increase the presence of police in schools, and to reduce the role that police play in school discipline.