Children and Youth Funding Report

Child Welfare

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HUD Names Final Round Of Promise Zone Communities

The Housing and Urban Development Dept. names the final nine Promise Zones across the country - high poverty areas in select urban, rural and tribal communities – that will be eligible for additional federal aid to help in revitalization efforts. "Promise Zones bring the power of partnersh...

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Utah, Florida Extend Medicaid, CHIP to Immigrant Children

Child welfare advocates are praising a move by lawmakers in Utah and Florida to extend Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits to lawfully present immigrant children who had previously been excluded for such services. Thirty states and the District of Columbia now allo...

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ACF Seeks Comments Foster Care ‘Visitation’ Application

The Administration for Children and Families (HHS) seeks comments on the proposed revisions to the application for its Access and Visitation Program (CFDA Number: 93.597).  Public Comment Deadline: June 26. The AV program (http://tinyurl.com/hnlrpa2) provides $10 million in formula funding t...

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TANF Cash Assistance Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Advocates Say

Children and youth advocates are urging congressional appropriators to increase funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which has been significantly eroded by inflation over the last several decades, said a new report. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CL...

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HHS Approves Allotment of $3B in LIHEAP Funding

The Health & Human Services Dept. (HHS) approves the appropriation of $3 billion in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding (LIHEAP) to support state programs that help families who struggle to heat their homes during the winter months. LIHEAP (CFDA Number: 93.568) is overseen by H...

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New Program Offers Hope, Results for Foster Kids, Families

A new family support program can help state foster care programs create safe havens for children in need, provide a stable environment while enabling families to resolve temporary issues, says the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA). Overloaded state systems are failing the most vuln...

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$21M Supports Tribal Family Violence Victims, Organizations

HHS' Admin. for Children and Families (ACF) and Indian Health Service (IHS) award $21 million to support tribal domestic violence victims and organizations in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. ACF funding is being awarded under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA)...

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HHS Awards $237M in Preschool Education Grants

The Education Dept. and HHS award $237 million in grants to 18 states in second year awards under the Preschool Development Grant (CFDA Number: 84.419) program to continue their work in expanding access to high-quality preschool for all children. Expanding access to high-quality preschool is cri...

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$5.8M in HHS Grants will Preserve Languages, Strengthen Early Childhood Development

The Health and Human Services Dept. will distribute $5.8 million to help tribal communities boost early learning and development services, enhance native language revitalization and improve the handling of child welfare cases including abuse and neglect. HHS will award $4.2 million for language ...

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Data Show One-in-Five Children Poor

Despite an improving economy, new government data show that 15.5 million children -- or more than one in five, about 21.1%, -- were poor. Young children in Black or Hispanic families appear to be faring the worst. Young children are the most likely to be poor, despite the evidence that poverty ...

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