Florida Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, has introduced the State Flexibility for Family First Transitions Act (S107) that allows states a two year extension to assist them to figure out how to comply with the Family First Prevention Services Act. Florida's child welfare budget is dependent on Title IV-E funds. Meeting the Family First Prevention Services Act without proper planning could result in significant consequences to their foster care system, including having to keep children in dangerous situations because federal funding incentives keeping families together.
Florida Congresswoman Rep. Donna Shalala has become the newest co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA) this week. CCA is the largest bicameral bipartisan congressional member organization that focuses on issues related to adoption and foster care, domestic and international child welfare. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a nonprofit organization that supports the CCA. Their Foster Youth Intern program has been instrumental in educating legislative leaders on issues impacting youth in care.
KentuckyDepartment for Community Based Services (DCBS) has released its one year progress report to the Child Welfare Transformation (CWT). This report shows progress in the outcomes of the increased budget as a result of the legislative gains due to the additional state budget appropriations and increased resources for families and children. These improvements include "fictive kin" placement option, the codified Foster Youth Bill of Rights, improved relative services, flexible federal funding through the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018.
CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.
Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.