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Advocating For Kids In Foster Care: Legislative Session 2017

By Allison Gilbreath Note: this was originally posted Voices for Virginia’s Children. Updated January 19, 2017. In 2016, Voices successfully advocated for the inclusion of Fostering Futures in the budget. Fostering Futures supports youth who age out of Foster Care to age 21 by providing casework, housing, tuition assistance, among other things. We will monitor budget discussions to ensure the...

Family First Act a Much-Needed Reform in the Heartland

Chronicle of Social Change by Sarah Helvey 9/21/16 This month, I celebrated 10 years working at Nebraska Appleseed as a lawyer and child advocate. When I started, Nebraska had one of the lowest penetration rates for drawing down federal funding for child welfare of any state the country. We also had one of the highest...

The Time is Now for Senate to Pass Family First Prevention Services Act

Chronicle of Social Change By Michele Corey, Michigan’s Children 9/21/16 For decades, child welfare reform has had strong bipartisan support, even during times when heated partisanship has divided Congress on national matters. Several of Michigan’s own U.S Representatives and Senators have been among the most active leaders in shaping improved child welfare policy over that time....

Statement for the Record: Examining the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities

On March 8, the First Focus State Policy and Advocacy Reform Center submitted a Statement for the Record in response to the hearing titled Examining the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities. Children are greatly affected by this growing epidemic and are entering the child welfare system at higher rates due to abuse and neglect related...

Federal Child Welfare Legislation 2015-2016

This document tracks federal child welfare legislation in the 114th Congress. It will be updated periodically as new bills are introduced and legislation is voted on. Download