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Foster Youth Advocate Joins Biden Administration’s Child Welfare Agency Leadership
Lexie Grüber-Pérez, a former foster youth and advocate for her peers, is an advisor to the Biden administration's child welfare leadership team.
Child Abuse Prevention: Senators Seek More CAPTA Money for Community-Based Family Services
Saying efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect are "tragically underfunded," two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that could pump hundreds of millions of dollars into addressing the problem.
Family First Act: Where Things Stand as It Takes Effect
A look at where things stand with the Family First Act with just a few weeks until it takes effect in every state
Family Centered Treatment Gets Second Look from Family First Clearinghouse
The clearinghouse that approves services under the Family First Prevention Services Act has agreed to reconsider a training program it downgraded last winter. Family Centered Treatment, or FCT, which is used to train biological parents and other caregivers on the effects of trauma on children, had received transitional approval in 2019 to be among the services that states could fund under the law, which fully takes effect in all states on October 1.
Legislators May Extend Timeline on Pandemic Assistance to Former, Older Foster Youth
Congressional legislators are considering a bill that would double pandemic assistance to older and former foster youth, while also extending the time states could use those funds, as the existing deadline for the program fast approaches.
Family First Clearinghouse Approves Two New Services, Will Reconsider Ohio Kinship Navigator
The federal Prevention Services Clearinghouse has cleared two new service models for funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act, and plans to re-review an Ohio kinship support program.
National Center for Youth Law’s Leecia Welch Wins Janet Reno Leadership Award
Leecia Welch, the National Center for Youth Law’s senior director of legal advocacy and child welfare, has been awarded the Janet Reno Endowment Women’s Leadership Award.
Study of Native Children’s Justice Needs Will Likely Get a Two-Year Extension
A bill granting the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Tribal Justice two additional years to complete a study on the needs of Native children is on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.
The Administration for Children and Families Seeks Extension on Adoptee Well-being Survey
The Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is asking for more time to complete a survey aimed at sussing out information about the factors that affect family stability at least eight years after families adopt kids out of the child welfare system.