CYF Update

Children, Youth and Families News
Friday, October 30, 2020



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Advocacy Update

LSA Advocacy Update

No COVID Relief Bill Until After the Election: Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are now in recess and will not return until after the election, with the Senate returning the week of November 8th and the House the week after. While there has been consistent agreement that a COVID-19 relief package is needed, the Senate and House have remained far apart through weeks of negotiations on its size and key provisions. The outcome of the election will most likely determine timing of a package. If Democrats retain the House and pick up a majority in the Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi may decide to hold off relief until that majority takes control in January 2021, while negotiations are more likely to continue in November should Republicans retain control of the Senate. Meanwhile, Lutheran Services in American continues to advocate for passage of a new round of the Paycheck Protection Program aimed at relief for nonprofits of all sizes and will join with other nonprofit organizations in urging the next President, whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden, to make relief an immediate priority.   Join us in urging lawmakers to provide additional nonprofit relief NOW by clicking here.

Charitable Donations Provisions in the CARES Act

Please note the Charitable Giving Incentive provision in the CARES Act, which creates a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to cash contributions made in 2020 and can be claimed on tax forms next year. The law also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent.

Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., announced their plan to introduce a pair of bills that take a holistic and community-based approach to addressing the growing crisis of childhood trauma. The announcement comes as a response to the Trump Administration's handling of the growing childhood trauma crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here

New Law Creates 988 Hotline For Mental Health Emergencies

President Trump has signed into law a bipartisan bill to create a three-digit number for mental health emergencies. The Federal Communications Commission had already picked 988 as the number for this hotline and aims to have it up and running by July 2022. The new law paves the way to make that a reality. Read more here.

Expanding Medicaid For Parents Improves Coverage and Health For Both Parents and Children 

When parents have health insurance, their children are more likely to be insured, a highly credible recent study confirms. Medicaid coverage expansions for parents over the years, including the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expansion, have translated into significant coverage gains for children. Medicaid coverage has health and other benefits for children that extend into adulthood, other research shows. Children also benefit directly when their parents gain coverage because the parents have better access to care and health outcomes and the family has more financial security. Read more here.

Virtual Meetings and Resources

Building Justice and Equity in Child Welfare Agencies Date: Thursday, November 5th Time: 2 pm ET

Join the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities for a discussion that will highlight disproportionality and racial injustice in child welfare. The discussion will feature issues specific to LGBTQ youth, and provide actionable takeaways for participants.  Register here

Council on Accreditation's Logic Model 2.0: Connecting Programs to Action Date: Thursday, November 12th Time: 12 - 1 pm EDT

Join COA in this live webinar as we explore how the logic model and Performance & Quality Improvement (PQI) standards are connected. Learn how logic models can be a tool for program management, fundraising, and advocacy efforts.

Register here.

21st Century Child and Family Well-Being Systems and a Pivot Toward Prevention Date: Thursday, November 19th Time: 11 am ET

Join the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities for a discussion that will focus on policies that promote well-being, strong families, and the prevention of child maltreatment. Essential to this conversation is the understanding that systemic injustices in our society limit access and opportunity for some children and families.  Register here.

Updates for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

Updated guidelines include a Decision Making Tool to help parents and caregivers weigh the risks and benefits of their options as well as a Checklist for Families to help weigh the risks and benefits of their options. Read more here

Guidance For Child Welfare Leaders as Budget Cuts Loom

Although the arrival date of a COVID-19 vaccine is uncertain, experts agree that the economic fallout from the pandemic will be felt long after the virus is contained. With state budget shortfalls over the next several years projected to be the highest ever on record, social service agencies across the nation can expect to see vast reductions in funding. These cuts are especially troubling at a time when systems are increasingly flooded with families pushed to the brink by job loss, isolation and other COVID-related stressors.

Poised for Action: COVID-19, Child Welfare Budgets and Building for an Equitable Future, a new 24-minute webinar from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, lays out a plan for how child welfare agencies can manage the fiscal implications of the evolving pandemic. Read more here

Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Education, and Behavioral Health News

COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Using Data to Understand Trends in Maltreatment 

This resource from Chapin Hall summarizes efforts to respond to concerns that COVID-19 and the resulting situations may impact child maltreatment. It provides empirical guidance to child welfare system leaders. Read more here

4 in 10 Children Live in a Household Struggling to Afford Basics

More than 4 in 10 children live in households that struggle to meet usual household expenses, our analysis of Census Bureau data released today finds. Along with other data showing that hardship has significantly worsened due to COVID-19 and the recession that it spurred, the figures underscore the need for policymakers to agree on a strong, bipartisan economic relief package. Read more here

Support For Family-Focused Residential Treatment-Title IV-E and Medicaid Guidance

On October 5th, the Administration of Children & Families and Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services released guidance on Support for Family-Focused Residential Treatment. Read more here

Collaborating with Community Agencies to Support Children of Parents with Substance Use Disorders

In 2017, more than 70,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, and 68 percent of those deaths involved either prescription or illicit opioids.As the opioid and drug epidemic spans the nation, more and more children are exposed to drug dependence in their households. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that approximately 8.7 million children in the United States are growing up in homes in which at least one parent reported having a substance use disorder (SUD) in the past year. Read more here.

In Child Welfare, the Racial Bias is Everywhere - Even in the Research

Consider this hypothetical scenario: A 10-year-old boy mouths off to a man on the street; His mother is with him. She slaps him in the face and yells at him, making clear he must never, ever do something like that again. Is that child abuse? According to the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence a widely touted survey from some of America’s leading family violence researchers, a survey used to measure the supposed prevalence of child abuse in America, the answer is yes.

The survey asks this question: “Not including spanking on (his/her /your) bottom, did a grown-up in (your child’s/your) life hit, beat, kick, or physically hurt (your child/you) in any way?” 

Now let’s change the hypothetical slightly: The mother and the child are Black. The person to whom the child mouthed off is a white police officer. Is it still child abuse? It’s more like child rescue. Because, as surely we all know by now, if you’re a Black child, particularly a Black male child, mouthing off to a white police officer can Get. You. Killed. Perhaps, in this hypothetical, Mom already tried “the talk” and this incident made her think it was not enough.  Read more here

Journal Spotlights Casey's Vision for Transforming Juvenile Probation

The Journal of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has dedicated an issue exclusively to the subject of juvenile probation, with five articles produced in collaboration with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The articles are based on the Foundation’s vision for sweeping changes and priorities to address juvenile probation, a significant yet often overlooked part of the juvenile justice system. Read more here.

Education Support for Foster Care Youth: The Impact of Federal Spending on Employment Outcomes

This study examined the extent to which supportive services funded through the federal John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCP) are associated with academic success and employment in foster care youth. Studies suggest that this group experiences poorer employment outcomes, earns less money annually, and experiences higher rates of homelessness and mental health and substance use disorders. Read more here.

COVID-19 Could Erase Parenting Gains of the Last 30 Years

Past research has attributed income-based inequalities in young children's academic achievement and educational attainment in part to differences in the home environment; that is, to differences in what parents do and the goals that drive their behavior. However, in our studies using data on parenting behavior and parental goals over the past 30 years, we found that income-based differences in parenting have been steadily decreasing. Read more here

Federal Grant Opportunities

Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Programs for Community-Based Organizations

The CDC supports the development and implementation of high-impact HIV prevention programs, including PrEP and nPEP services. Read more and apply here.

Closing date: Nov. 20, 2020.

Department of Justice Announces More Than $341 Million in Grants to Combat America's Addiction Crisis

The Department of Justice announced grant awards totaling more than $341 million to help fight America's addiction crisis. Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan discussed this year's grant awards during a roundtable discussion of mental health and addiction issues led by Second Lady Karen Pence. Read more here

CDC Foundation: Supporting Community Organizations to Strengthen Vaccine Confidence Pilot Project

The CDC Foundation has announced a new Request for Proposals to support community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop and implement effective health communication and community engagement strategies to increase vaccine confidence and acceptance among groups at risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) related to under-immunization. Read more hereClosing date: Nov. 16, 2020.

Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program

Forecasted HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-SR-1927-- SRAE funds programs for youth which exclusively implement education in sexual risk avoidance. Programs also teach youth the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, goal setting, and resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use without normalizing teen sexual activity. Learn more here.

Estimated Post date Feb. 24, 2021. Estimated Closing date: April 25, 2021.

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants

Forecasted HHS-202-ACF-ACYF-AK-1929 Department of Health and Human Services Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) funds education programs to youth that must teach both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy. Learn more here. Estimated Post date: Mar. 21, 2021 Estimated Closing date: May 20, 2021.