Policy Updates


Kentucky Youth Advocates releases Every Kid Needs a Family report

Kentucky Youth Advocates recently released a report with five recommendations for addressing the high rate of group care placements in the state. Kentucky currently has 18 percent of its children in group care settings and called for increased family preservation and support services, support for kinship families, restricting residential treatment for those with clinical needs,Read More


President Signs Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

On December 10, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the long-anticipated reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Among its new provisions, the law now requires states to ensure certain protections for students in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Click here to view a detailed pressRead More


New Senate Bill Aims to Strengthen EITC for Former Foster Youth

Senator Bob Casey (R-PA) has introduced S. 2327, a bill to strengthen the EITC and expand eligibility for childless individuals and youth formerly in foster care. Among others things, the bill would help youth formerly in care by lowering the age that former foster youth could claim the EITC from 25 to 18. Click hereRead More


GAO Issues Report on Eight-State Effort to Reduce Residential Care

In November, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report, HHS Could Do More to Support States’ Efforts to Keep Children in Family-Based Care. GAO reviewed efforts in eight states to place children in family-based settings instead of congregate care, and recommended that HHS take steps to enhance its support of such state efforts inRead More


House Introduces the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act of 2015

On Wednesday, October 21, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act (H.R. 3781), which is the House companion bill to S. 1964 introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) this summer. The bill provides important newRead More


A Day with the Foster Care Work Group

I don’t often spend a lot of time with the foster care work group. And every time I do, I am always amazed at their respectful inclusion of foster care alums as well as their determination to find ways to build upon their investments across the country. Below are some of the highlights of theRead More


Foster Youth in Action Hosts Congressional Briefing on Trauma

Youth leaders from Foster Youth in Action’s national network invite you to join them for a foster youth-led briefing on solutions to healing from trauma on Monday, October 19 from 9:00-10:00am in room SVC 212-10 of the Capitol Visitors Center. The briefing will feature a panel of youth leaders from FYA’s foster youth-led network discussingRead More


U.S. House Representatives Introduces Resolution Calling for Children’s Bill of Rights

Representative Luis Gutierrez, joined by Reps. Karen Bass and Judy Chu, introduced a House Resolution calling for the passage of a Children’s Bill of Rights that promotes their physical, social and emotional well-being. The bill covers a broad range of rights impacting children, including the right to be free from abuse and neglect and representationRead More


Rep. Karen Bass Introduces The Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act

U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced a bill that addresses a misinterpretation of the Affordable Care Act by providing health insurance to foster youth in any state until age 26. The legislation is a companion bill to legislation that Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced this summer. To read the bill language, click here.


Washington Post’s Wonkblog Highlights Federal Foster Care Reform Bills

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, which focuses on policy and budget issues, recently highlighted current Congressional proposals to reform the child welfare financing system to prioritize prevention services. To read the article, click here.

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