Child Welfare

Our attention to child welfare related regulations and guidance is broad ranging with the goal of promoting policies and practices that will improve the lives of children involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the child welfare system. We advocate, often through comments to federal departments and agencies or through testimony, for policies that will promote the safety, permanence and well-being of all children.

 

 

 

 

CLASP Comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Family Educational Rights and Privacy - May 23, 2011

CLASP Comments on Federal Monitoring of Child and Family Service Programs - May 20, 2011

CLASP Comments on American Community Survey - May 9, 2011

Comments to Centers on Medicare & Medicaid on the Proposed Rule on Case Management Services - June 1, 2009

Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the Interim Final Rule Regarding Medicaid Case Management and Targeted Case Management Services - February 6, 2008

RESOURCES:

  • Apr 17, 2014   |  Olivia Golden and Dina Emam (Urban Institute) The Affordable Care Act and Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: New Opportunities and Strategies for Action The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in March 2010 and fully implemented in January 2014, has powerful implications for families involved in the child welfare system, particularly youth who have aged out of foster care. The ACA increases the number of individuals who have access to health insurance, simplifies insurance enrollment, requires that benefits include substance abuse and mental health coverage, as well as medical services, and promotes innovations to help coordinate the fragmented delivery of care. More specifically, the ACA includes a targeted provision to require health insurance coverage under Medicaid for youth ages up to age 26 previously in foster care and enrolled in Medicaid. The purpose of this brief is to explain this provision and to identify key steps towards effective implementation. Read Online
  • Sep 03, 2013 CLASP Work Supports Newsletter - August 2013 The Work Supports Newsletter is a monthly update that summarizes CLASP's work on safety net programs that include cash assistance (TANF), nutrition supports (SNAP), refundable tax credits, health insurance, child support enforcement and child care subsidies. Read Online
  • Nov 26, 2012 Possibilities and Pitfalls: The Role of Licensing in Supporting Relatives in Caring for Children in Foster Care Read Online
  • May 14, 2012   |  Olivia Golden, Amelia Hawkins TANF Child Only Cases Almost half of TANF cases are "child-only" in which no adult is included in the benefit calculation. In about 4 out of 10 these cases, the children live with relatives or nonrelatives instead of their parents. The other 6 in 10 cases include parents not eligible for benefits because they receive federal disability payments, are sanctioned for failure to comply with some TANF regulation, exceeded their time limit, or they are undocumented immigrants. This brief reviews the available research on child-only cases, including how cases arise, their characteristics, the children's well-being, and implications for policy and research. Read Online
  • Apr 17, 2012   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Misguided Bill Would Eliminate Critical Child Welfare Funding Tomorrow, the House Ways and Means Committee will consider a bill to eliminate the Social Service Block Grant (SSBG). This $1.7 billion flexible funding stream helps states provide a range of critical services to some of our nation’s most vulnerable individuals, and is often used by states to fill gaps left by federal programs. Read Online
  • Jul 27, 2011   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson and Tiffany Conway Perrin Testimony for the Record on Hearing on Child Deaths due to Maltreatment This testimony was submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Human Resources in response to the July 12, 2011 Hearing on Child Deaths due to Maltreatment. CLASP encourages steady work towards comprehensive child welfare financing reform in order to reduce child fatalities and all child maltreatment. Read Online
  • Jul 06, 2011   |  EVENT RESOURCES The Promise and Challenge of Evidence-Based Policy and Practice On July 6, 2011, CLASP hosted the forum discussion, The Promise and Challenge of Evidence-Based Policy and Practice, featuring two leading research voices: Lisbeth Schorr and Gordon Berlin. This event was the final event in CLASP's 40th anniversary policy series, Policy and Promise for Low-Income People in America. Read Online
  • May 23, 2011   |  Beth Davis-Pratt, Hannah Matthews, and Heath Prince CLASP Comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Family Educational Rights and Privacy These comments, submitted to the Department of Education, were in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Family Educational Rights and Privacy. CLASP's comments commend the Department for proposing changes to FERPA regulations that appear to greatly facilitate the sharing of data across systems and clarifying earlier interpretations of FERPA that created barriers to using education data for evaluation and research purposes. CLASP asks for clarification on the definitions proposed to better understand what agencies will be allowed to access the data and for what purposes. CLASP also encourages the Department to consider making important changes to facilitate data sharing at the individual level between child welfare and education agencies to improve outcomes for children in foster care. Read Online
  • May 20, 2011   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson CLASP Comments on Federal Monitoring of Child and Family Service These comments, submitted to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), were submitted in response to a request for public comment on Federal monitoring of Child and Family Service Programs through the Child and Family Service Review (CFSR). CLASP's recommendations are intended to help ACF modify the CFSR process in ways that balance accountability and continuous quality improvement. Read Online
  • May 09, 2011   |  Beth Davis-Pratt and Rutledge Q. Hutson CLASP Comments on American Community Survey Kinship care means different things to different people and organizations. Most broadly, it can be used to define any care provided by grandparents or other relatives. More narrowly, in using this term to talk about grandparents and other relatives raising children in kinship care, it is often thought of as only those families in which the grandparent or other relative has taken over primary responsibility for most of the basic needs of the child (such as feeding, clothing, providing shelter, and meeting the child's health, educational, and emotional needs) on a daily basis without either of the child's parents present in the household. Not surprisingly, the needs of different types of kinship families vary greatly. In these comments to the Census Bureau, CLASP makes a number of recommendations to strengthen the data collected in the American Community Survey to provide a better estimate of the number and types of kinship families in the United States. Read Online
  • Apr 07, 2011   |  Rutledge Hutson Federal Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Under Title IV-E, FY 2009 This factsheet provides state expenditures of federal adoption and guardianship funds under Title IV-E, FY 2009. Read Online
  • Apr 07, 2011   |  Rutledge Hutson Federal Foster Care Assistance Under Title IV-E, FY 2009 This factsheet provides state expenditures of federal foster care funds under Title IV-E for FY 2009. Read Online
  • Apr 07, 2011   |  Olivia Golden When Blame Isn't Enough THE death of Marchella Pierce, a 4-year-old girl in Brooklyn who was beaten, malnourished and tied to a bed, has again aroused anger over child welfare in New York City. Her mother stands accused of murder, and a caseworker and a supervisor were charged last month with criminally negligent homicide. Read Online
  • Mar 30, 2011   |  Stephanie Schmit Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: February 2011 SIR Analysis The latest Evidence-Based Home Visiting Supplemental Information Request (SIR) has recently been released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with collaboration from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). This information request provides states guidance in preparing their updated plans for their home visiting programs. The new information request strengthens the earlier guidance in important ways. Read Online
  • Feb 17, 2011   |  CLASP Two Years Later: Impacts of Select ARRA Programs for Low-Income Workers & Families This document looks at select provisions in the Recovery Act that affected low-income people and their families. In areas where there is available data, it notes the impact of the program on the number of people who benefited from ARRA provisions. While the effect of the Recovery Act will be debated and analyzed by policy experts and researchers for years to come, some of the early evidence makes it clear that the Recovery Act benefited the nation by easing some immediate effects of the recession and preventing deeper hardship. Read Online
  • Oct 22, 2010   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson & Tiffany Conway Perrin Comments in Response to the Administration for Children and Families' Request for Comment on Child Welfare Data Systems CLASP urges the Administration for Children and Families to take a comprehensive approach in making changes to the child welfare accountability system. Such an approach is needed and will yield a system that will: ensure that children are receiving the services and protections they are guaranteed under title IV-E; allow child welfare agencies to identify evidence of particularly effective practices or problematic trends that can help them shape practice; and, provide important information to policymakers and advocates to help better understand how well existing policies are working and ways in which they may be improved. Read Online
  • Sep 29, 2010 Relative Foster Care Licensing Waivers in the States: Policies and Possibilities This report, a joint project of CLASP and the ABA Center on Children and the Law, prepared in collaboration with ChildFocus, the Children's Defense Fund, Generations United and the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center. This document presents background information on foster care licensing for relatives. It also includes an overview of Title IV-E reimbursement for relative foster homes and information on the current landscape of waivers of foster home licensing standards, as well as recommendations for licensing standards that can help further the goal of maintaining family connections for children in foster care. Read Online
  • Sep 03, 2010   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Supplemental Testimony on Comprehensive Child Welfare Financing Reform Supplemental testimony on comprehensive child welfare financing reform submitted to the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support. CLASP argues that the broad components of comprehensive financing reform should include: expanding Title IV-E funds to support the full continuum of services needed by children who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing child abuse and neglect; increasing support to enhance the child welfare workforce; and, increasing accountability - both fiscal accountability and accountability for the outcomes children and families experience. Read Online
  • Aug 18, 2010   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson & Tiffany Conway Perrin Comments on Proposed Criteria for Evidence of Effectiveness of Home Visiting Program Models These comments, submitted to the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Administration for Children and Families, were submitted in response to the proposed criteria for evidence of effectiveness of home visiting program models to be implemented by states under the new home visiting program established in the Affordable Care Act. CLASP's comments include recommendations for strengthening the final criteria so that they better reflect the law's goal of helping states build the capacity to implement a coordinated system of early childhood home visitation. The recommendations also encourage strengthening the final criteria by providing much needed information, particularly as related to process, so that states are well-prepared to update their state plans and dialogue with HRSA/ACF as appropriate. Read Online
  • Aug 09, 2010   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Comments to Office of Child Support Enforcement: Proposed Rulemaking on Safeguarding Child Support Information These comments address proposed changes to the sharing of child support information specifically as related to information sharing with child welfare agencies for child welfare purposes. CLASP hopes that the final regulations more clearly identify what information can be shared to help child welfare agencies carry out their responsibilities under Titles IV-B and IV-E and that, in particular, they clarify how information regarding family violence can be shared in a safe and appropriate manner. Read Online
  • Jul 29, 2010   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Testimony on How Child Welfare Waivers Can and Cannot Promote Child Well-Being On July 29, Rutledge Q. Hutson testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support on improving the outcomes of children who come into contact with the child welfare system, and the role of Title IV-E demonstration projects in improving those outcomes. Read Online
  • Jun 23, 2010 Sample State Legislation to Extend Foster Care, Adoption and Guardianship Protections, Services and Payments to Young Adults Age 18 and Older Read Online
  • Mar 31, 2010   |  Tiffany Conway Perrin Detailed Summary of Home Visitation Program in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act included, among other critical provisions, $1.5 billion in mandatory funding over 5 years for high quality, evidence-based, voluntary early childhood home visitation services. This investment will significantly expand home visitation services, helping to ensure that more children have the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe, ready to learn and able to become productive members of society. This summary details the provisions of the new program. Read Online
  • Feb 04, 2010   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson President's Budget Calls for Key Investments in our Most Vulnerable Children and Families Our nation's children will be safe and well cared for only when we invest in a continuum of services including: prevention and early intervention services that help prevent child abuse and neglect whenever possible; effective treatment services for children who experience maltreatment and their families; and aftercare services that support children and their families once a crisis is stabilized so that further abuse and neglect do not occur. President Obama's 2011 budget takes a number of positive steps towards supporting this continuum, but The Administration and the Congress must take additional steps to make up for years of underinvestment in critical services for our nation's most vulnerable children. Read Online
  • Jan 25, 2010   |  CLASP Federal Policy Recommendations for 2010 Our nation faces many domestic challenges, including improving access to affordable health care, improving access to education as well as education outcomes, and providing debt and foreclosure relief. CLASP's 2010 federal policy recommendations are equally essential to achieving healthy and thriving families and improving the nation's prosperity. Read Online
  • Jan 21, 2010 State Fact Sheets on Child Welfare Funding 2010 These fact sheets, compiled as part of a joint project of CLASP and the Children's Defense Fund, are designed to help policymakers, advocates, and the public better understand the complex financing structure of child welfare services in the states, and to enable them to work effectively toward national, state and local reforms that will promote a child welfare system that helps keep children and families out of crisis, provides specialized treatment services for those that do experience crisis and provides supportive services to families after a crisis has stabilized. Read Online
  • Jan 20, 2010 Child Welfare in the United States This fact sheet, part of a collection of 50 state fact sheets compiled as part of a joint project of CLASP and the Children's Defense Fund, is designed to help policymakers, advocates, and the public better understand the complex financing structure of child welfare services in their states, and to enable them to work effectively toward national, state and local reforms that will promote a child welfare system that helps keep children and families out of crisis, provides specialized treatment services for those that do experience crisis and provides supportive services to families after a crisis has stabilized. Read Online
  • Dec 11, 2009   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Poverty and Child Maltreatment: Common Challenges and Solutions This presentation looks at the connections between child maltreatment and poverty and explores common challenges and solutions to addressing both issues. In particular, the presentation focuses on the opportunities for TANF and child welfare agencies to work together under current law to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families and begins to examine enhancements that could be made when the TANF program is reauthorized (the current program will expire in 2010). Read Online
  • Dec 09, 2009   |  Elizabeth Hoffmann and Tiffany Conway Perrin Extending Home Visiting to Kinship Caregivers and Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers This paper explores how home visiting programs are serving children in kinship care and in family, friend, and neighbor care, based on CLASP's interviews with major national models of home visiting and other stakeholders. It also presents detailed considerations for implementing home visiting with these caregivers, including matters of curricula, staffing, and service referral, and discusses opportunities that result from serving these caregivers. It concludes with recommendations for states and the federal government. Read Online
  • Oct 05, 2009 Child Welfare: We Can and Must Do Better Read Online
  • Sep 30, 2009 CLASP Statement for the Record: September 15, 2009 Hearing on the Implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act Statement for the record of the September 15, 2009 Hearing on the Implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act submitted to the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, Committee on Ways and Means. Read Online
  • Sep 01, 2009   |  CLASP Federal Policy Recommendations for 2009 and Beyond The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has developed an extensive federal policy agenda for President Obama and the 111th Congress directed at improving the lives of low income people. That agenda is outlined in this document. Read Online
  • Jun 01, 2009   |  Tiffany Conway Comments to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid on the Proposed Rule on Case Management Services CLASP supports the proposed partial rescission of the case management services interim final rule (CMS-2237-IFC) and believes that the rescission will help ensure that abused and neglected children receive critical case management services. Read Online
  • Oct 16, 2008   |  Alan W. Houseman and the CLASP Staff CLASP Federal Policy Recommendations for 2009 and Beyond CLASP has developed an extensive federal policy agenda for the next President and Congress directed at improving the lives of low income people. The detailed agenda makes recommendations for changes in policy at all levels of the federal government: the White House, Federal departments and agencies, the budget and appropriations' process, and the law-making process in Congress. This publication provides an overview of our agenda organized into eleven key recommendations. Taken as a whole, the eleven recommendations call for increasing investments in effective programs and funding streams that concretely help children, youth, and families thrive; strengthening and modernizing the nation's safety net; and building supportive pathways for low-income youths and adults to good jobs that sustain families and communities. Read Online
  • Oct 03, 2008   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Protecting Children and Strengthening Families Too many children experience abuse and neglect with negative lifelong consequences. Too few children get the services and supports they need to heal. Yet, proven and promising practices can reduce maltreatment and ameliorate harm. Taking these practices to scale will require federal investment and leadership in five strategic areas. We must: (1) increase prevention and early intervention services that help keep children and families out of crisis; (2) increase specialized treatment services for those children and families that do experience crisis; (3) increase services to support families after a crisis has stabilized (including birth families, as well as kinship and adoptive families created when parents are unable to care for their children); (4) enhance the quality of the workforce providing services to children and families; and (5) improve accountability both for dollars spent and outcomes achieved. Together these efforts will improve the lives of millions of children across the nation. Read Online
  • Sep 23, 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act 2008 resources The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (P.L. 110-351) will help hundreds of thousands of children and youth in foster care by promoting permanent families for them through relative guardianship and adoption and improving education and health care. Additionally, it will extend federal support for youth to age 21. P.L. 110-351 also will offer for the first time many American Indian children important federal protections and support. H.R. 6893 has bipartisan support and is fully paid for. This bill resolves differences between the House-passed Fostering Connections to Success Act (H.R.6307) and the Senate Finance Committee-approved Chairman’s Mark of S. 3038, the Improved Adoption Incentives and Relative Guardianship Support Act. P.L. 110-351 was unanimously passed by the House on suspension of the rules on September 17, 2008 and in the Senate by unanimous consent on September 22, 2008. The law was signed by President Bush on October 7, 2008. Read Online
  • Jun 03, 2008   |  Tiffany Conway and Rutledge Q. Hutson Healthy Marriage and the Legacy of Child Maltreatment: A Child Welfare Perspective The twelfth in a series on Couples and Marriage Research Policy, this brief looks at marriage from a notably different perspective than previous briefs in the series. This brief explores how childhood experiences, specifically child maltreatment and involvement with the child welfare system, impact the potential for a healthy,lasting marriage. The brief summarizes the research on the barriers to a healthy marriage and what is known about the long term impacts of child maltreatment and foster care. Finally, the authors offer recommendations for addressing the unique needs of couples in which one or both partners have experienced childhood maltreatment. Read Online
  • Feb 06, 2008   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the Interim Final Rule Regarding Medicaid Case Management and Targeted Case Management Services CLASP is concerned about the detrimental effects the interim final rule regarding Medicaid case management and targeted case management services, will have on children being served by child welfare programs, including child protective services and foster care programs. Read Online
  • Jan 30, 2008   |  Tiffany Conway and Rutledge Q. Hutson Parental Incarceration: How to Avoid a "Death Sentence" for Families First published by the Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law and Policy in Summer 2007, this paper highlights a number of promising services and supports for incarcerated parents and recommends what attorneys representing or working with incarcerated parents and their children can do to minimize harm to children. Read Online
  • Sep 17, 2007   |  Tiffany Conway and Rutledge Q. Hutson Submission in Response to Senator Gordon Smith's July 26, 2007 Call For Papers to Examine the Needs of Grandparent and Other Relative Caregivers In this paper--a response to a call for papers from Sen. Gordon Smith--CLASP details the reasons to support kinship care, recommends areas for additional research, highlights current challenges states face, and addresses common myths. CLASP encourages Congress to adopt the provisions of the Kinship Caregiver Support Act. Read Online
  • May 15, 2007 The Partnership to Protect Children and Strengthen Families The Partnership was formed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; the American Public Human Services Association; Catholic Charities USA; CLASP; the Children's Defense Fund; the Child Welfare League of America; the National Child Abuse Coalition; and Voices for America's Children. In May 2007, the founding partners issued a set of recommendations to enhance federal child welfare law to better protect children and ensure them nurturing families and invited others to join the Partnership. Nearly 30 national organizations now comprise the Partnership. Read Online
  • Apr 24, 2007 Recommendations for Improving Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care Through Amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act/Education Reauthorization in the No Child Left Behind Act The reauthorization of Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides an opportunity for schools to better understand the unique situations and experiences of children in foster care and for child welfare agencies to focus more on the educational needs and outcomes of the children and youth they are serving. This set of recommendations is a joint publication by CLASP, the Child Welfare League of America, the Children's Defense Fund, Lutheran Services in America, and Voices for America's Children. Read Online
  • Mar 02, 2007   |  Tiffany Conway and Rutledge Q. Hutson Is Kinship Care Good for Kids? More than 2.5 million children are being raised by grandparents and other relatives because their parents are unable--for a variety of reasons--to care for them. A number of states have utilized subsidized guardianship programs as a way of supporting these "kinship families." Some wonder whether kinship care is a good thing--and how we know this. This fact sheet addresses these often unasked but crucial questions. Read Online
  • Feb 27, 2007 The Promise of New Funding for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment to Promote Safety, Permanence, and Well-Being for Children: Questions & Answers About New Grants under the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 P.L. 109-288 These questions and answers (Q&A) were prepared by an informal coalition of groups, including the American Public Human Services Association, Center for Law and Social Policy, Child Welfare League of America, Children's Defense Fund, Legal Action Center, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, and the Rebecca Project for Human Rights. Our group convened after passage of the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 to develop materials about the new funding and the opportunity for those concerned about alcohol and drug addiction and its impact on children and families to use it to improve outcomes for children and families. We hope that this Q&A will stimulate organizations and agencies to begin planning and forming regional partnerships so they will be ready to apply for grants under the Act once they are formally announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Spring of 2007. Read Online
  • Feb 09, 2007   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Bush Administration's "Child Welfare Program Option" Puts Children Who Have Been Abused or Neglected at Greater Risk The Bush Administration's 2008 budget proposal talks about a goal of increasing services and supports for children, but its budget recommendations go in the opposite direction. This brief focuses on the Administration's "Child Welfare Program Option," offering a summary of what is known about the proposal and the concerns and questions CLASP has about the approach suggested. Read Online
  • Jan 19, 2007   |  Tiffany Conway & Rutledge Q. Hutson In-Depth Summary of Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 The Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 (CFSIA) represents an important step toward providing crucial services to children and families involved or at risk of becoming involved with the child welfare system. Of particular benefit are the addition of $40 million annually and the attention given to improving the workforce and addressing substance abuse, specifically methamphetamine abuse. This summary outlines the provisions of the law. Read Online
  • Jan 09, 2007   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Partnering to Promote Guardianship: The Federal Outlook This presentation provides an overview of the needs of children being raised by grandparents and other relatives because their parents are unable to do so. It highlights key provisions of several federal legislative proposals to address some of the unique needs of these families, and it offers an overview of the current federal policymaking environment. Read Online
  • Sep 12, 2006   |  Tiffany Conway and Rutledge Hutson Comments to the Children's Bureau, ACF on the Proposed Rule to Implement the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) These are CLASP's official comments to ACF on the proposed rule to implement the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD), published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2006. This is the rule proposed for implementing the data collection requirements of the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999. Read Online
  • Sep 01, 2006 State Fact Sheets on Child Welfare Funding 2006 These fact sheets, a joint project of CLASP and the Children's Defense Fund, are designed to help policymakers, advocates, and the public better understand the complex financing structure of child welfare services in their states, and to enable them to work effectively toward national and local reforms that will help ensure our nation's child welfare system protects children, accurately identifies and addresses their needs--including the needs of their families--and helps all children grow up in safe and loving families. Read Online
  • Aug 29, 2006   |  Rutledge Hutson Comments to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Medicaid Citizenship Documentation Interim Final Rule This document contains CLASP's official comments to CMS on the interim final rule published in the federal register on July 12, 2006. The regulations implement the citizenship documentation requirements of Section 6036 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. Read Online
  • Feb 22, 2006 Audio Conference 02/22/2006 - Child Welfare Read Online
  • Feb 22, 2006 Child Welfare Audio Conference February 22, 2006 Federal Child Welfare Budget developments enacted and proposed Read Online
  • Feb 17, 2006   |  Casey Trupin, Vicki Turetsky, Rutledge Q. Hutson Final 2006 Budget Bill Cuts Services to Abused and Neglected Children On February 8, 2006, President Bush signed into law the 2006 federal budget bill, which includes provisions to decrease federal funding for a range of services that help children who have been abused or neglected. It also removes foster care payments for some low-income relatives caring for children at risk of abuse and neglect, and restricts access to some Medicaid services for children in foster care. The bill makes two modest improvements to child welfare funding, but they are not sufficient to offset the cuts. This brief examines the bill's impact on child welfare funding. Read Online
  • Jan 19, 2006   |  Casey Trupin Federal Budget Bill May Reduce Federal Child Welfare Funds to California by Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Shortly after it returns on January 31, 2006, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a budget package already approved by the Senate. This package, called the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, contains numerous cuts to human services, including child welfare. California will bear the largest share of the funding losses in the nation. This paper examines how the budget agreement will affect children and families in California's child welfare system--particularly, the bill's financial disincentives to placing children with relatives and time restrictions on federal administrative funds for children in relative care. Read Online
  • May 21, 2004 CLASP Audio Conference Transcript: Financing Child Welfare: What Policies Best Protect Children? (May 7, 2004) Cassie Statuto Bevan, Senior Policy Advisor for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay; Nick Gwyn, Minority Staff Director of the House Human Resources Subcommittee; and Rutledge Hutson of the Childrens Defense Fund discuss the current child welfare crisis confronting states, explain how federal financing affects child welfare services, and describe financing reform proposals being discussed on Capitol Hill. Read Online
  • Feb 10, 2004   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Providing Comprehensive, Integrated Social Services to Vulnerable Children and Families: Are There Legal Barriers at the Federal Level to Moving Forward? Over the past several years, social service providers have increasingly recognized that families seeking assistance often face multiple, complex needs and that they require the services of more than one program. Working in consultation with state and local officials, this paper offers a model of cross-system integration focusing on comprehensive services for children and families. This paper was written as part of a collaborative effort between the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, CLASP, and the Hudson Institute. Read Online
  • Aug 04, 2003   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Comments on the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System This letter, submitted by CLASP to the federal Childrens Bureau, comments on how to improve the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). The data collected through AFCARS provide critical information to federal, state, and local governments, as well as to advocates and researchers, which can be used to improve program management and to enhance policy development and implementation. These comments offer suggestions about improving AFCARS so that this data collection system can be a more effective tool in improving the welfare of children in foster care and of those who have been adopted through the child welfare system. The comments fall into four general categories: (1) developing the capacity to track children over time; (2) improving the comparability of data across states; (3) collecting critical additional data and (4) enhancing access to data on a timely basis. Read Online
  • Aug 04, 2003   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Input on Improving Court Oversight of Child Welfare Cases The new Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care is developing recommendations to improve court oversight of child welfare cases and to facilitate better, more timely decisions related to childrens safety, permanence, and well-being. This memo offers three suggestions to the Commission: (1) designate specially trained judges to hear child welfare cases; (2) ensure that everyone involved in the child welfare cases has an opportunity to be heard; and (3) provide comprehensive training to judges, lawyers, guardians ad litem, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and related court personnelnot only about the legal issues involved in child welfare cases, but also about child development, family dynamics, substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence. Read Online
  • Aug 04, 2003   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Input on Improving Federal Child Welfare Financing Mechanisms The new Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care is developing recommendations to improve federal financing mechanisms in ways that facilitate faster movement of children from foster care into safe, permanent families and reduce the need to place children in foster care. This memo encourages the Commission to begin by considering a set of questions about the fundamental purposes and goals of the child welfare system. We hope such a big picture analysis will suggest the value of expanding Title IV-E eligibility to cover all children and all child welfare services. The memo also makes recommendations about immediate steps Congress can take, while the Commission deliberates about a broader vision. These interim steps will begin to strengthen the child welfare systems ability to meet the needs of maltreated children. Read Online
  • Apr 29, 2003   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Side-by-Side Comparison of Child Welfare Provisions in Recent TANF Reauthorization Proposals This chart summarizes child welfare provisions in current Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) law and recent TANF reauthorization legislation and proposals. Read Online
  • Jan 29, 2003   |  Rutledge Hutson Policy Brief: A Vision for Eliminating Poverty and Family Violence: Transforming Child Welfare and TANF in El Paso County, Colorado This is the 8-page policy brief based on the report of the same name. Read Online
  • Jan 15, 2003   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson A Vision for Eliminating Poverty and Family Violence: Transforming Child Welfare and TANF in El Paso County, Colorado When El Paso County, Colorado, considered how to bring the work of the child welfare and TANF agencies together, it decided to change its whole way of doing business. This paper examines how El Paso created seamless, family-centered services and offers a set of lessons that can be drawn from El Paso's experience. Read Online
  • Oct 01, 2002   |  Ruteldge Q. Hutson Collaboration between TANF and Child Welfare Agencies One-pager fact sheet that summarizes an issue that is likely to arise during TANF reauthorization and provides recommendations for improving both the TANF and child welfare systems during TANF reauthorization. Read Online
  • Oct 01, 2002   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Effects of the 1996 Welfare Law on Funding for Child Welfare Services Read Online
  • Oct 01, 2002   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson Research on the Impact of "Welfare Reform" on Child Maltreatment Read Online
  • Oct 01, 2002   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson TANF Reauthorization Recommendations Relating to Child Welfare One-pager fact sheet that summarizes an issue that is likely to arise during TANF reauthorization and provides recommendations for improving both the TANF and child welfare systems during TANF reauthorization. Read Online
  • Oct 01, 2002   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson TANF and Child Welfare: What Are the Issues? One-pager fact sheet that summarizes an issue that is likely to arise during TANF reauthorization and provides recommendations for improving both the TANF and child welfare systems during TANF reauthorization. Read Online
  • Oct 01, 2002   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson TANF and Kinship Care One-pager fact sheet that summarizes an issue that is likely to arise during TANF reauthorization and provides recommendations for improving both the TANF and child welfare systems during TANF reauthorization. Read Online
  • Oct 01, 2002   |  Rutledge Q. Hutson What Are the Connections between Child Welfare and TANF? One-pager fact sheet that summarizes an issue that is likely to arise during TANF reauthorization and provides recommendations for improving both the TANF and child welfare systems during TANF reauthorization. Read Online
  • Feb 21, 2002   |  Ruteldge Q. Hutson Child Welfare and TANF Reauthorization This presentation highlights what we do know about the impact of TANF on child welfare, including a review of impacts on: the incidence of child maltreatment; the funding available for child welfare services; the coordination child welfare and TANF services; and the services and supports available to kinship caregivers. The presentation concludes with a set of recommendations for TANF Reauthorization. Read Online
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