Washington Insider: Child Welfare

Effects of the Government Shutdown on Human Services

As we move through the first week of the government shutdown many are concerned about the effects on grants and other resources needed to provide essential human services. What follows is a short summary of the shutdown effects on major grant programs. Federal agencies' shutdown contingency plans are available online through the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. … more

Using the New Poverty Data Webinar

Facts and data are persuasive. This webinar is an opportunity to learn how to use the forthcoming census data to make the case for your programs.

Tuesday, September 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. CT

Register for this important training session, co-sponsored by Coalition on Human Needs, the Community Action Partnership, and the Children's Leadership Council. … more

Medicaid Final Rule on Former Foster Kids

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published a final rule regarding Medicaid and children who have been in foster care. The new regulations address some of the provisions in January’s proposed rule, but one of the most pressing issues, whether former foster youth retain coverage when moving across state lines, remains outstanding. … more

Federal Guidance on Cross-Agency Treatment of Trauma

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued Guidance encouraging state directors to integrate programs under the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support a comprehensive strategy aimed at addressing complex trauma in children within the child welfare system. The guidance places emphasis on screening, functional assessment, and evidence-based practices. The document details, for each specific federal agency, state opportunities in dedicated funding, discretionary funding, and waiver programs. … more

Alliance Report: Realizing Permanency and Well-Being Through Authentic Engagement

The Alliance for Children and Families has released  Realizing Permanency and Well-Being through Authentic Engagement, a report funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report represents the thinking of child welfare experts from across the country who convened last December to talk about Family Finding and other family engagement strategies. What emerged was a consensus that, while the mechanics of programs are important, in order to be fully and successfully implemented they have to be supported by a true family engagement orientation. … more

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