Cross-Cutting Child Welfare Issues

Brief: Child Welfare Policy 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 for families and children in the child welfare system or at risk of entering the system. This primer provides a comprehensive...
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

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...

How the Child Welfare System Works

Brief: Medicaid to 26 for Youth in Foster Care

Brief: Medicaid to 26 for Youth in Foster Care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision that allows all young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. Recognizing that young people who leave foster care with no legally binding tie to a family should also have access to affordable health care, the legislation allows them to retain Medicaid coverage...