CYF Update

Children, Youth and Family News
Thursday, April 1, 2021

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS CYF UPDATE

  • LSA UPDATES
  • ADVOCACY UPDATES
  • VIRTUAL MEETINGS AND RESOURCES
  • CHILD WELFARE, JUVENILE JUSTICE, EDUCATION AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEWS
  • FEDERAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

LSA CYF members,

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LSA Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Hub

As Lutheran Services in America continues to update its COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Hub, we are asking members to share strategies to increase access and reduce barriers to COVID-19 vaccination.  Please submit your organization’s programs or strategies to awashington@lutheranservices.org 

LSA first annual Innovator and Micah Awards

LSA recognized two of our members for their exceptional work and exemplifying our core values with our first annual Innovator and Micah Awards! The Innovator Award winner: Genacross Lutheran Services and The Micah Award winner: Lutheran Social Services of New York. Find details about the awards, winners, and nominees from across the country. https://bit.ly/3wbfHsD

HealthCare.gov Special Enrollment Period 2021

LSA’s partners at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released new resources for the Special Enrollment Period, lasting through May 15. Read more here

Advocacy Updates

NEW Application Forms and Extended Deadline for Paycheck Protection Program and Further Expanded Eligibility for Second Draw Loans

Thanks in part to advocacy from our network and the broader nonprofit community, today, March 31, 2021, President Biden signed into law the PPP Extension Act, which extends the deadline for Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan applications to May 31.  The program had been set to expire on March 31.    The Small Business Administration (SBA) has also released the NEW application forms Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers must submit to apply for first-time loans or “second draw” loans, as well as indicating expanded eligibility for those second draw loans.   First Draw loan information

  • Loans are now available for nonprofit organizations:
    • with fewer than 500 employees total who have not already received funding
    • with 500 or more employees across multiple locations, but with no more than 500 employees at a single one of those locations. This group of nonprofits only became eligible to apply when the American Rescue Plan became law on March 11, 2021.

Second Draw loan information

  • Loans are now available for nonprofit organizations that:
    • have already received and spent an initial PPP loan AND
    • can demonstrate a 25% reduction in gross receipts AND
    • have one location with fewer than 300 employees, OR more than 300 employees across multiple locations BUT NO MORE THAN 300 IN ANY ONE LOCATION (this is new information per the updated application form for this type of loan)
  • Application form

More information is available on our website and on the SBA website, and from your lender.  For further information, please contact Sarah Dobson, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, at sdobson@lutheranservices.org or 202-499-5832. 

Virtual Meetings and Resources

Webinar: What’s in the American Rescue Plan for Infants, Toddlers and Their Families?

The newly passed American Rescue Plan provides critical and unprecedented opportunities for states to support infants and toddlers and their families. Join the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center, Center for Law and Social Policy, and state leaders for a discussion about equitable and effective state implementation strategies. Apr 6, 2021 2:00 PM  ET Webinar Registration - Zoom

Webinar and Dialogue Series: Implementing a Family-Centered Approach For Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders and Involved with Child Welfare Services

Join the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare for a two-part session on the implementation of a family-centered approach – a comprehensive array of clinical treatment and related support services that meet the needs of each family member, not only of the individual requesting care. Session 1: Apr 6, 2021 11:00 AM PST Session 2: Apr 8, 2021 11:00 AM PST Register hereWebinar Registration - Zoom

Join HOPE Summit

Join Tuft Universities first annual HOPE Summit! We have the opportunity to change how we support children and families and create a system of care based on understanding, equity, and trust. HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences), grounded in science that demonstrates the formative role of positive experiences in human development, seeks to inspire a HOPE-informed movement that fundamentally transforms how we advance health and well-being for our children, families, and communities. April 9, 2021 11:00 AM EST Register here: Tufts Medical Center (vfairs.com)

Lutheran Services in America Webinar: Understanding the Impact of Systemic Racism on Black Families

We know children thrive when they are raised in loving, stable families. Yet throughout American history there have been many forces that have actively destabilized black and brown families.  Slavery, mass incarceration, the school to prison pipeline, and poverty are some of the many examples of policies and practices that have actively separated children from their families. Please join us for this captivating, original presentation by Dr. Harry Singleton, theologian, author, and one of the most passionate and informed voices on race and religion in America as he elevates the historical and cyclical impact that systemic racism has on children, families, and communities of color, and the considerations we as faith-based organizations must make if we are to disrupt its cycle. April 16, 2021 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT Register here

LSA Webinar: - OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Program — What You Need to Know

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers strictly adhere to a respiratory protection program, designed to protect employees from inhaling harmful contaminants in the workplace. Now and throughout the pandemic, OSHA is placing added pressure on skilled nursing, long-term care, and other healthcare facilities and providers to properly document COVID-19 cases, complete necessary N95 mask training with staff, and submit timely reports to maintain compliance. Not doing so can result in citations and financial penalties that are costly and difficult to challenge. During this webinar, leading experts from Johnson, Kendall & Johnson will explain the four main components of an OSHA compliant respiratory protection program as they pertain to COVID-19 protection in healthcare settings, and what organizations can do now to ensure their continued compliance.  April 27, 2021  1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT Register here.

Webinar Recording: Achieving Health Equity for All Kids | U.S. News Live | US News

Across the country in recent months, health leaders have renewed their commitment to take aim at the social and economic causes of poor health in their communities -- and, in particular, at long-standing practices caused by racism that put minority children and families at greatest risk. Hear from experts at several institutions about the serious health effects caused by racism and poverty and steps that can be taken to begin moving the needle in a meaningful way to address this persistent health threat, one that the American Academy of Pediatrics has called a “socially transmitted disease.” Access the recording here.

Imprint Podcast: That There Isn’t a System At All

Dorothy Roberts on Abolition in Child Welfare: Dorothy Roberts, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Program on Race, Science & Society, wrote Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare two decades ago. At the time, she proposed abolishing the field as we know it, to be replaced by an entirely new system.   Today, she now longer believes that a system can work at all in a way that ensures justice for poor or Black families in America. She joins us to talk about the abolition movement in child welfare and the “non-reformist reforms” that she thinks can move the country in that direction. Dorothy Roberts on Child Welfare Abolition and "Non-Reformist Reforms" (imprintnews.org)

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

IRS warns of potential delays for major child poverty initiative in $1.9 trillion stimulus

A program authorized under the $1.9 trillion stimulus to combat child poverty is at risk of early delays, as the Internal Revenue Service grapples with its massive tax backlog and recent decision to extend the tax-filing deadline until May 17. The agency's commissioner, Charles Rettig, raised the potential for hiccups at a hearing Thursday in front of the House Ways and Means Committee - though he pledged IRS officials would "do our best" to get the highly touted coronavirus aid effort up and running by July as Congress had intended. Democrats have hailed the benefits as historic, predicting it could cut child poverty sharply, especially if lawmakers make the program permanent before it is set to expire at the end of the year. But the Biden administration must first set up and administer the temporary aid, a task that Rettig signaled may be no easy lift for the agency. Child tax credit may be delayed in new stimulus - The Washington Post

Child Care Relief Funding in American Rescue Plan

The Center for Law and Social Policy has provided a brief overview of the American Rescue Plan Ace of 2021. Due to the passage of the Act the child care sector will receive a total of more than $50 billion in direct relief funding. This bill provides $39 billion in desperately needed child care relief funding. Find CLASP estimates of the child care relief funding for each state, D.C., and Puerto Rico will receive. Child Care Relief Funding in American Rescue Plan: State-by-State Estimates | CLASP   For additional information from the US Department of Treasury: FACT SHEET: The American Rescue Plan Will Deliver Immediate Economic Relief to Families | U.S. Department of the Treasury

Lawmakers introduce Timely Mental Health for Foster Youth Act

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Bob Casey (Pa.), and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), along with U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence (Mich.), introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve access to mental health services for children in the foster care system.   Their Timely Mental Health for Foster Youth Act would require states to provide an initial mental health screening to foster children within 30 days of entry into care. If a mental health issue is identified in the initial screening, states would be required to provide a comprehensive health assessment within 60 days. Yearly screenings are also required. Lawmakers introduce Timely Mental Health for Foster Youth Act | Democrat News | dailyjournalonline.com

Proposed Information Collection Activity; Request for Assistance for Child Victims of Human Trafficking

The Office on Trafficking in Persons, Administration for Children and Families, HHS is requesting public comment. Minor revisions have been made to the form, including the addition of a few fields that will enable the OTIP Child Protection Specialist team to better understand the child's specific needs, connect the child to appropriate services, and help ensure the safety of the child. The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Deadline: May 28, 2021 (60 days from publishing, March 29, 2021)

New report from the Young Women’s Freedom Center

This report provides reflections and perspectives on youth incarceration from cis and trans young women and girls, cis and trans young men and boys, and gender expansive youth. YWFC_ThroughTheirEyes_Report_2021.pdf (youngwomenfree.org)

National Child Welfare Workforce institute Workforce Study

The National Child Welfare Workforce institute asked over 2,000 child welfare workers how they were doing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this infographic summarizes what they said. The full report describes what was learned during the pandemic and the implications for improving the well-being and retention of the workforce. Read the full report here: COVID-19 Workforce Needs Assessment (WNA) Cross site Report For Workforce Excellence Public Child Welfare Sites (ncwwi.org)

New interactive conversation guides

These new guides provide a roadmap to help service providers engage families in productive discussions about protective factors. Including a guide for service providers and a worksheet for caregivers, the conversation guides cover each protective factor to help families explore and identify ways to thrive. Conversation Guides - National Child Abuse Prevention Month - Child Welfare Information Gateway

Children’s Defense Fund State of America’s Children 2021 report

The report compiles a data on a comprehensive set of issues related to child well-being including poverty, wealth and income, housing, hunger, education, gun violence, and child welfare and juvenile justice, among others. It includes state by state facts sheets and provides compelling communications for how to tell the story of children’s experience in the United States. Find it here: The State of America's Children® 2021 — Children's Defense Fund

Migrant children in US custody hits new high since start of data releases

The number of migrant children in US custody hit a new high on Sunday, according to a report from CNN. There were 5,767 migrant children reported in custody on Sunday, marking the highest number of reported since the government began releasing data on the issue last week, CNN reported. The number of undocumented migrants at the border has been an issue seized on by Republicans who call the situation a "crisis." President Biden has had to open up new facilities in order to accompany the influx of migrant children at the border. Read more here: Migrant children in US custody hits new high since start of data releases: report | TheHill

New Research on distinguishing racism, not race

Distinguishing Racism, Not Race, as a Risk Factor for Child Welfare Involvement: Reclaiming the Familial and Cultural Strengths in the Lived Experiences of Child Welfare-Affected Parents of Color: Child welfare-affected parents of color (CW-PaoC) are often described using language that is deficit-focused, their families depicted as fragile and living in a near constant state of crisis and need. This commentary challenges the stereotypes created by hyper-attention to these parents’ struggles and situates them, and their families, within the broader context of the American appetite for family separation, wherein specific types of families are targeted for scrutiny, intervention and regulation. The concept of fragility within families is dissected to illustrate the ways in which racism and classism demarcate certain families for separation. Excerpts from two separate interviews conducted with Black mothers in 2014 and 2020 are used to illustrate how the appetite for family separation is currently fed. Familial and cultural strengths that counteract the prevailing deficit-focused narrative of CW-PaoC, particularly Black parents, are discussed. Find the report here: Genealogy | Free Full-Text | Distinguishing Racism, Not Race, as a Risk Factor for Child Welfare Involvement: Reclaiming the Familial and Cultural Strengths in the Lived Experiences of Child Welfare-Affected Parents of Color (mdpi.com)

Federal Grant Opportunities

Unaccompanied Children at the Border

There is an increased need for safe, state-licensed beds for unaccompanied children being referred to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement Unaccompanied Children Program for temporary care.  In order to the meet the need, a funding opportunity forecast for state-licensed residential, group or foster care services providers is now available online here.  The full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is project to post on April 1, 2021 with an application submittal date of April 16, 2021. Consider whether your organization or an organization you know of would be an eligible entity who may be interested in applying for this funding opportunity.  Access here. Application submittal date of April 16, 2021.

Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health

The purpose of this program is to strengthen the capacities of state- and/or local-level organizations to respond to emerging public health issues affecting maternal and child health (MCH) populations. Read more hereClosing date: April 9, 2021.

OJJDP FY 2021 Mentoring for Youth Affected by the Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction

This program supports the implementation and delivery of mentoring services to youth who are currently abusing or addicted to drugs, youth at risk for abusing drugs, and youth with family members who are currently abusing or addicted to drugs. Mentoring services can be one-to-one, group, peer, or a combination. Funding can be used to support new mentoring matches or continue existing mentoring matches at the time of application. Read more hereClosing date: April 13, 2021.

OJJDP FY 2021 Strategies To Support Children Exposed to Violence

This solicitation provides funding for communities to develop and provide support services for children exposed to violence. There are two categories of funding available under this solicitation: Category 1: Project Sites. Funding under this category can be used to develop support services for children exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities; and to develop, enhance, and implement violent crime reduction strategies that focus on violent juvenile offenders. This program development and resource allocation decision by interested applicants should be based on currently available resources to the jurisdiction and gaps in services.    Category 2: Training and Technical Assistance. In addition to supporting program implementation and direct service activities, the initiative will fund a training and technical assistance provider to support the Category 1 project sites. Read more hereClosing date: April 19, 2021

Unaccompanied Children at the Border

There is an increased need for safe, state-licensed beds for unaccompanied children being referred to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement Unaccompanied Children Program for temporary care.  In order to the meet the need, a funding opportunity forecast for state-licensed residential, group or foster care services providers is now available online here.  The full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is project to post on April 1, 2021 with an application submittal date of April 16, 2021. Consider whether your organization or an organization you know of would be an eligible entity who may be interested in applying for this funding opportunity.  Application submittal date of April 16, 2021.

Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health

The purpose of this program is to strengthen the capacities of state- and/or local-level organizations to respond to emerging public health issues affecting maternal and child health (MCH) populations. Read more hereClosing date: April 9, 2021.

OJJDP FY 2021 Mentoring for Youth Affected by the Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction

This program supports the implementation and delivery of mentoring services to youth who are currently abusing or addicted to drugs, youth at risk for abusing drugs, and youth with family members who are currently abusing or addicted to drugs. Mentoring services can be one-to-one, group, peer, or a combination. Funding can be used to support new mentoring matches or continue existing mentoring matches at the time of application. Read more hereClosing date: April 13, 2021.

OJJDP FY 2021 Strategies To Support Children Exposed to Violence

This solicitation provides funding for communities to develop and provide support services for children exposed to violence. There are two categories of funding available under this solicitation: Category 1: Project Sites. Funding under this category can be used to develop support services for children exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities; and to develop, enhance, and implement violent crime reduction strategies that focus on violent juvenile offenders. This program development and resource allocation decision by interested applicants should be based on currently available resources to the jurisdiction and gaps in services.    Category 2: Training and Technical Assistance. In addition to supporting program implementation and direct service activities, the initiative will fund a training and technical assistance provider to support the Category 1 project sites. Read more hereClosing date: April 19, 2021