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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

SPARC sign-on letter in support of the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act

The Family Stability and Kinship Care Act is aimed at reforming the federal financing of child welfare services and providing for new investments in prevention, intervention and post-permanency. We applaud Senator Wyden and Representative Doggett’s leadership in proposing new investments in a range of evidence-based and evidence-informed and promising prevention and family services to help keep...
Executive Summary: Medicaid to 26 for Former Foster Youth

Executive Summary: Medicaid to 26 for Former Foster Youth

This is an executive summary of the policy brief, Medicaid to 26 for Former Foster Youth: An Update on the State Option and State Efforts to Ensure Coverage for All Young People Irrespective of Where They Aged Out of Care. Download the brief here.