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House Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Child Welfare Assistance Bill

Leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee last week introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide additional aid to states facing Covid-related budgetary hurdles in child welfare. The Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act (H.R.7947) is a … Continue reading

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Family First Evidence & Child Welfare Webinar Series

Please join the Family First Evidence & Child Welfare Webinar for updates and technical assistance on evidence issues and Family First. This post will be updated as new webinars are announced. The next webinar is slated for the mid-September, 2020. … Continue reading

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States Lag in Family First Plan Submissions

According to the most recent tally by the Children’s Bureau, just five states have approved plans in place to implement evidence-based services under the Family First Prevention Services Act. The five states are Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, and Utah (plus … Continue reading

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Senate Bill Would Provide Emergency Child Welfare Funding to States

New legislation, introduced today in the Senate, would provide assistance to states that are now facing significant budgetary shortfalls due to the recent Covid crisis. The bill, called the Child Welfare Emergency Assistance Act (S 4172), would provide targeted assistance … Continue reading

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What’s Next for the Prevention Services Clearinghouse?

The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse has today updated its list of programs that are in line to be rated. The list can be found on the clearinghouse FAQ page. Mental Health Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up [also listed under in-home … Continue reading

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Interview on Scaling Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare

The IBM Center for the Business of Government has today released an interview with me on my recent report on evidence-building under Family First. Scaling Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare (February 11, 2020) Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities Under the Family … Continue reading

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Urban Institute Launches Child Welfare Evidence-Building Academy

The Urban Institute has announced a new no-cost Evidence-Building Academy for child welfare administrators and evaluators. The academy is intended to help participants develop rigorous program evaluations that will meet clearinghouse standards. The academy will begin with a webinar on … Continue reading

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Prevention Services Clearinghouse Releases New Program Ratings

The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse has today released new program ratings for services eligible for funding under Family First. The pace of the reviews has been somewhat slow. To date, the clearinghouse has rated 25 programs that fall into … Continue reading

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HHS Releases Prevention Services Planning Toolkit for States

ASPE, the planning and evaluation office at HHS, has today released a planning toolkit for states putting together their Title IV-E prevention services plans. According to the brief HHS description, “This toolkit aims to help states develop a plan for … Continue reading

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New Children’s Bureau Family First Resources

From the Children’s Defense Fund: The Children’s Bureau has posted a new webpage regarding Title IV-E Prevention Program Plans. Most information was previously available on the website. However, two new pages will be a valuable resource for the advocacy community. … Continue reading

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