A New Year and New Medicaid Coverage for Former Foster Youth

A New Year and New Medicaid Coverage for Former Foster Youth

The Affordable Care Act improved health care access former foster youth. Recent federal guidance answered critical questions about this new initiative. This brief summarizes the agency’s recent FAQs on Medicaid eligibility for former foster youth and identifies questions that still need answers.
Bringing State Advocates Together

Bringing State Advocates Together

Child welfare advocates are uniquely positioned to influence debates that impact the safety and well-being of our kids. SPARC is designed to help state child welfare advocates make an even bigger impact. We are proud to be supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative....
Sharing Resources, Sharing Stories

Sharing Resources, Sharing Stories

This site offers a wide range of resources from SPARC and SPARC partner organizations. Search site-wide, or use the categories at the left and the menu above to focus your search.
More Advocacy Impact, Better Lives for Children

More Advocacy Impact, Better Lives for Children

State child welfare advocates are a powerful force for change for America’s abused and neglected children.
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Reforming Child Welfare Financing by Doing What Works

Reforming Child Welfare Financing by Doing What Works

By Rricha Mathur, First Focus Policy Research Associate and Program Manager, and Shadi Houshyar, First Focus Vice President of Child Welfare Policy The current federal child welfare financing structure is out-of-date and ineffective. It has not had a significant overhaul since 1996 and fails to recognize best practice findings from the field or to incentivize...
Federal Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Request

Federal Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Request

This chart authored by John Sciamanna details the federal budget in key children’s and child welfare areas.  Federal Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Request

PA Medicaid Waiver Proposal: Governor Corbett Changes His Tune But Not Enough

By Shadi Houshyar, Vice President, Child Welfare Policy, First Focus, and Carrie Fitzgerald, Senior Policy Advisor for Health, First Focus On February 19, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett submitted his Healthy Pennsylvania Medicaid Waiver proposal to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius. While the proposal affirms Pennsylvania’s commitment to ensuring access to coverage for all...

The President’s 2015 Budget: A New Initiative to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Foster Youth

By Shadi Houshyar, Vice President, Child Welfare Policy, First Focus Yesterday, the White House released President Obama’s FFY 2015 budget proposal. Though some historical tables will be released later this month, the proposal released yesterday highlights several new initiatives important to children, including one specifically aimed at improving behavioral health outcomes for foster children. Foster youth...
Perspectives from the Field - Judge Ernestine Gray

Perspectives from the Field – Judge Ernestine Gray

The Honorable Ernestine Gray is the Chief Judge for Orleans Parish Juvenile Court in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has served the people of New Orleans as a juvenile court judge since 1984. The SPARC team interviewed Judge Gray for this podcast in January 2014, focusing on her insights on opportunities for progress on child abuse...