Child Welfare

Foster Care Threatened for School Lunch Debt in Pennsylvania’s ‘Kids for Cash’ County

In a very local story that appropriately went viral, even prompting a comment from a sitting U.S. Senator, a Pennsylvania school district threatened to place children in foster care if their parents did not pay […]

Child Welfare

Bill Introduced to Connect Social Security, Welfare Benefits to Kids Living with Relatives

  Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and several Democrat co-sponsors have added to the legislation piling up this session to help grandparents and other relatives caring for the children of loved ones. The Grandfamilies Act aims to […]

Child Welfare

Two Bills That Offer More Support to Relatives, Who are Expected to Play a Bigger Role Under Family First Act

In addition to planned legislation that makes significant changes to federal child welfare finance, two new federal bills have been introduced that would target support for relative caregivers, a key constituency in the reforms envisioned under […]

Child Welfare

Family First Needed to Stop Child Deaths

“1 month, 12 days died suddenly.” The obituary of Brayden Cummings provided a wake-up call about the most vulnerable and forgotten victims of the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic. Brayden was born physically dependent on […]

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Complete Guide to Pending Foster Care, Adoption and Juvenile Bills In Congress Right Now

There is a whole lot of youth-related legislation in the ole’ congressional hopper these days. And with Congress revved up for bipartisan compromise, it’s almost certain to move! Alright, half that statement is true. Youth […]