The Family Stability and Kinship Care Act (S. 1964, H.R. 3781) introduced in August by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and in October by Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), is aimed at reforming the federal financing of child welfare services and providing for new investments in prevention, intervention and post-permanency services and supports.

The bill enhances federal funding available under both Titles IV-E and B of the Social Security Act to provide for prevention and family services to help keep children safe and supported at home with their parents or other family members, gives states and tribes the flexibility to adapt evidence-based family services to the specific needs of each family and ensures that states and tribes are held accountable for allocating services in ways that maximize safety, permanency and well-being for children, while minimizing lengthy foster care placements.