Washington Insider: June 2011
The following training and grant opportunities may be of interest:
Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Grants
Closing Date: July 28, 2011
Total Funding: $52.5 million
Per Grant Funding: $300,000 to $2.5 million
Eligibility: State, city, county, and township governments; tribal governments/organizations; nonprofits; faith based and community based organizations.
Description: These grants will support projects with organizations that have the capacity and proven trackrecord of helping low-income fathers.
Projects should be designed to develop a broad approach to overall case management and support services. Additionally, projects should be designed to help fathers: … more
An Illinois Catholic Charities agency reacted to a new state civil union law prohibiting discrimination based on marital status or sexual orientation by ending adoption services and transferring 350 children to another agency.
Three other Catholic Charity agencies are seeking a court judgment to prevent having to terminate services and uproot children.
The civil union law went into effect June 1. It was expected to present a conflict for some faith based organizations, such as Catholic Charities, that do not provide adoption services to unmarried, cohabitating couples and do not recognize same sex marriages. … more
As heated debates continue in Congress about the deficit and spending cuts, a U.S. House subcommittee has considered whether to reauthorize a critical source of funding for child welfare services and programs.
The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing June 16, 2011, to discuss reauthorizing the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services program and the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program. These programs were last authorized under the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 and are due for reauthorization at the end of 2011. … more
The recently introduced Foster Care Mentoring Act (S. 420 and H.R. 2012), authorizes $15 million to support programs that pair youth in foster care with an adult mentor.
Mentoring programs have generally shown an ability to improve outcomes for foster youth, who often experience poverty, homelessness, and lack of education.
Despite the promising evidence, the programs have not been funded at the federal level. They are typically funded by state or local dollars, resulting in a lack of national consistency in quality or number of programs. … more
As talks about the federal debt ceiling and budget progress, Republicans have focused on spending cuts, rather than raising revenue.
Medicaid is on the chopping block, and 41 U.S. senators, led by Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.V.), have told the president they commend him for opposing cuts to Medicaid and that they stand behind him.
In a letter to the president dated June 7, 2011, the group of senators said, “We are unwilling to allow the federal government to walk away from Medicaid’s 68 million beneficiaries, the providers that serve them, and the urban and rural communities in which they live.” … 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
About the Author
Cecilia Fiermonte is director of child welfare policy at the Alliance. An attorney, she previously was assistant director at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, advocating for policy change and providing training and technical assistance.
She also previously:
- Supervised the child welfare program of the County Attorney's Office in Wyoming County, N.Y.
- Worked in research and evaluation at the Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children
- Represented children in family court matters ... more