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Federal foster care funding now available to fund prevention programs

One component of The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 passed by Congress on February 9 and signed by President Trump that received very little media attention was the Family First Prevention Services Act (“Act”). Some touted this legislation as “historic” because it represents a fundamental change in the way state child welfare systems can use federal...

Brief: The 2017 Going Places Campaign

This is a brief to summarize the 2017 activities around the Going Places Campaign (a SPARC initiative).   Teens in foster care as well as youth who age out of care often face significant barriers to obtaining a driver’s license. Without a driver’s license, young people in foster care often miss out on age-appropriate adolescent...

Health Bill Would Threaten Care for Kids in Foster Care

The House passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) or Trumpcare would impose $834 billion in cuts and arbitrary caps to the Medicaid program and negatively impact the coverage, benefits, and care for all 37 million children covered by Medicaid. Unfortunately, although often overlooked, it is the hundreds of thousand of vulnerable children in foster care...

Child Welfare Policy Primer [Updated: April 2017]

In April 2017, SPARC released Child Welfare Primer: A Guide for Advocates, Policymakers, and Others Interested in Child Welfare Policy Reform. Although the child welfare field has made significant strides over the past few decades, advocates, policy makers, and other leaders across the country continue to push for new reforms to lead to better outcomes...

Toolkit: Support Medicaid to 26 for Foster Youth

Youth aging out of the foster care system face unique challenges that can inhibit their ability to thrive and succeed as adults. Recognizing this, Congress included a provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows youth who age out of foster and enrolled in Medicaid to remain eligible for Medicaid coverage until the age of...