Washington Insider: Child Welfare
The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing last Thursday to examine the use of psychotropic medication by foster children, most of whom are on Medicaid.
Senators heard from experts representing state medical directors and physicians. Bryan Samuels, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), testified about improvements underway at the federal level.
A recent issue brief from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation summarizes provider characteristics that lead to higher family engagement, linked to better outcomes for children. The brief reviews major research and lays the groundwork for further identification and implementation of promising practices.
The authors examined the current body of knowledge around provider attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors that foster positive provider-family relationships. Rrespect, commitment, empowerment, openness, and appreciation were cited as successful attitudes. … more
A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that youth in foster care are prescribed antipsychotic drugs at higher rates than youth who qualify for Medicaid because of disability or low-income status. Researchers found that foster youth took more than one psychotropic drug at a time and for longer periods than other youth. … more
The Alliance for Children and Families recently held a webinar for members to discuss questions for the 2012 presidential candidates It was led by Bill Gardham, president and CEO of Alliance member Horizons, A Family Service Alliance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Gardam believes the 2012 elections create an opportunity for nonprofit human service organizations to bring children’s issues to light, as the presidential debates take form in the various states. He says:
Too often the well-documented needs of those we serve through our agencies (the children, families, dependent adults, and elderly) are crowded out of political debate and the budget process because of stronger competing interests with louder voices.… more
In the wake of the recent Penn State incident, where a 10 year-old was allegedly raped and the adults, including coaches and school personnel, failed to act, legislators are taking aim at child protection laws. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) have in the past week sponsored legislation aimed at strengthening child maltreatment reporting laws. … more
About the Author
Katherine Astrich is senior vice president of public policy and mobilization for the Alliance and UNCA.
She previously worked as a consultant for The Lewin Group, a national health and human services consulting firm. She has advocated for Medicaid, early education, and workforce assistance programs that benefit vulnerable children and families.
Her expertise includes regulatory and information collection policy. She also has eight years of experience working for the Office of Management and Budget. ... more