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New Bill Would Help Foster Youth in Washington, D.C., Keep Federal Benefits


Bill Tracker: Protecting Benefits for Foster Youth

A regularly updated tracker of state legislative and policy efforts to protect federal benefits for youth in foster care

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Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Federal Extended Foster Care Program

Federal lawmakers from California and Indiana have introduced a bill to offer federal support to states that extend foster care from 18 to 21.

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Feds Release 2022 Child Maltreatment Numbers

Federal child maltreatment numbers from 2022 show that the level of abuse and neglect reporting in the country returned to pre-pandemic levels, while fatalities rose for a fifth year.

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Number of Youth in Formal Foster Care Continues to Decline, Imprint Survey Finds

The Imprint's 2023 data for our Who Cares project finds that the number of youth in foster care continued to drop this year.

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Maine Plan for Keeping Families Intact Wins Federal Approval


Maine Child Welfare Director Resigns

In 2019, newly elected Maine Gov Janet Mills brought in Todd Landry to lead the state’s Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS). Landry entered the fray not long after the state had experienced two child deaths: one of whom was the subject of 25 reports in her last 16 months of life, the other who had been placed by OCFS with a relative while her mother sought treatment for addiction. 

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Family First Clearinghouse Rejects Several Programs, Adds Three New Ones

The Family First Act clearinghouse has added three new foster care prevention models to its list and rejected several others.

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    UPDATED: Biden Team Seeks More Input on Family First Act Process

    The Biden administration has released an updated version of the process for vetting foster care prevention services, and is seeking public comment through November 24.  The Handbook of Standards and Procedures, Version 2.0 is presently in draft status and would update the process and procedures for the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, which was created after the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act in 2018.

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    Philanthropist Chuck Feeney, Who Gave Away Billions in his Lifetime, Has Died

    Chuck Feeney, the New Jersey-born businessman whose philanthropic work spawned the concept of “giving while living,” died this week at the age of 92. 

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    A Model Standard for Approving Kinship Caregivers

    Following new federal rules on kinship care, a group of advocates have developed a model standard for approving relatives.