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Coming Soon to Congress: Discussion on Child Support Clawback
With a lame duck session approaching and little oxygen left for legislating in Washington, the Strengthening Families for Success Act introduced last week is largely a conversation starter for the 117th Congress set to be sworn in this January.
Building Resilience: Group Pushes for Looser Neglect Laws, More Child Autonomy
Child neglect laws are far too broad in many states and should be changed to make it easy, safe and legal for parents to decide when their children can benefit from appropriate parental independence, according to a group that contends today’s “helicopter” parenting style is bad for children and society.
States Should Repeal Racist ‘Family Cap’ on Welfare
Now that New Jersey has repealed its “family cap” law that denied more cash assistance to families that have another child while enrolled in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the 12 remaining states with these laws in their TANF programs should follow suit.
Kids Accounting for Greater Share of COVID-19 Cases
Children accounted for a rising share of all American COVID-19 cases as some U.S. schools gingerly welcomed students back to the classroom this summer and fall, according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
Ginsburg’s Child Welfare Legacy: Attention to Parental Rights
The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had many gifts, one of which was using language to convey the harsh impact of the law on those living on the margins. Consider her words in M.L.B.
Harvard Report: Amid Pandemic, Little Financial Slack Left for Households With Kids
As Washington worked this week to craft the latest, long-promised and long-delayed coronavirus relief package, the Harvard School of Public Health and its partners have released a report painting a dire picture of how American households with children are faring financially amid the health and economic crises.
We Shouldn’t Rely on Child Protective Services To Address Family Adversity
For many parents, it’s their worst fear: a knock on the door from a state social worker with the power to take their children. With 1 in 3 children nationwide experiencing a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation during childhood following a report of child maltreatment, this experience is all too common for U.S.
As Buffalo Home Visitors Face Layoffs, Early Childhood Advocates Urge Statewide Investment
Amid Pandemic, Congress Considers Giving Parents More Time to Reunify with Kids in Foster Care
House Bill Puts Up $2 Billion in Emergency Funds for Family, Youth Homelessness
Late last week, a bipartisan group of House legislators introduced a bill that would supply $2 billion to states for help in preventing youth or family homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic.