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National Child Welfare Headlines: March 31-April 18, 2022

Please review the following weekly news updates impacting the triad pertaining to children and families from March 31, 2022, through April 18, 2022.

New York Governor Rejects Legislature’s Proposals to Boost Child Welfare Funding

“When Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced the passage of the week-late state budget Friday, she touted a $220 billion deal — the largest ever — aimed at helping families recover from a grueling two-year pandemic that has brought disease, job losses, school closures, mental illness and soaring consumer prices.” – Imprint

Prioritizing Kinship Care with Kim Clifton of HALOS

“On this week’s podcast we discuss a new kinship prioritization in Washington, New York gets sued (twice), privatization ends in Nebraska, and controversial new legislation in Alabama and Tennessee.” – Imprint

With ICWA Under Threat, More States Shore Up Laws to Protect Native Families from Foster Care Separation

“When New Mexico’s Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Indian Family Protection Act last month, the historic collaboration between that state and its 23 tribes, nations and pueblos was described as more urgently needed than ever.” – Imprint

DOJ warns states over blocking access to gender-affirming treatment

“The Justice Department sent a letter to state officials on Transgender Day of Visibility, advising them that blocking transgender and non-binary youth from receiving gender-affirming treatment could violate U.S. law.” – Axios

New York Lawyers Acknowledge Child Welfare’s Harsh Impact on Black Families, Call for Changes

“The bar association representing tens of thousands of New York attorneys has taken a first-ever stance against racism in the child welfare system, endorsing specific calls for change that include revising decades-old federal laws.” – Imprint

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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