CYF Update

Children, Youth and Family News
Friday, May 14, 2021



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LSA Updates

PPP Loan Funds Generally Exhausted

As of May 5, Paycheck Protection Program funds for new loans are generally exhausted (although the application deadline remains May 31.) Two exceptions to this are as follows: $6 billion in funding has been reserved for lenders to finish processing pending applications that were already submitted to the agency, and $8 billion remains in congressionally mandated funding for PPP loans made by designated "community financial institutions" (minority depository institutions and community development financial institutions.) Read more.

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 

Advocacy Updates

Advocacy Update

Negotiations Continue on Economic Recovery/Infrastructure Package High level Congressional negotiations continue on what will be included in a forthcoming large economic recovery and infrastructure legislative package, based on two outlines proposed by President Biden.  The two plans, entitled The American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan, include nearly $4 trillion in new spending aimed at revitalizing the economy.  A final bill is expected to pass before the August Congressional recess.  The American Jobs Plan would make a major $400 billion investment in home and community-based services (HCBS) for aging adults and persons with disabilities.  The plan also proposes to create jobs and raise wages for essential home care workers and invest in high-speed broadband, housing, and workforce development infrastructure.  The American Families Plan would extend or make permanent key tax credits initially enacted as part of COVID-19 pandemic relief packages last year to help working families through the pandemic.  Lutheran Services in America has been advocating in support of key provisions of the plans, including the $400 billion HCBS investment and $213 billion for affordable housing and homelessness services, and is urging the inclusion of the WORK NOW Act (S. 740) to provide nonprofit health and human services organizations funding to pay wages, salaries, and benefits to retain staff and meet increased demand for services.  Please join us in this effort: click here to send a message to your lawmakers using our advocacy tool. 

Details of the American Families Plan

The proposed American Families Plan aims to grow the middle class, expand the benefits of economic growth to all Americans, leaving the U.S. more competitive. Primary components of the plan include:

  • Investing in early childhood to postsecondary education, making college more affordable for low- and middle-income students, and improving teacher training;
  • Providing direct support to families for child care, family and medical leave, and critical nutrition assistance.
  • Extending tax cuts for families with children and American workers. 

Read the Fact Sheet for The American Families Plan for news of additional investments and details.

Reimagining Child Welfare: Recommendations for Public Policy Change from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new policy proposal, “Reimagining Child Welfare: Recommendations for Public Policy Change,” which highlights AAP’s recommendations to support federal child welfare policy reforms to best promote family preservation, support secure families, and ensure all of America’s children and families have the resources they need to thrive. AAP experts developed these recommendations in partnership with a group of five expert consultants with diverse lived experiences in the child welfare system. Their experiences as birth parents, foster parents, kinship caregivers, alumni of foster care, and system reform leaders were vital to inform AAP’s thinking on today’s most pressing issues in child welfare policy.

Virtual Meetings and Resources

Technology and Innovation in Child Welfare

Monday, May 17th, 2021 12:30 PM EDT Register here

On Monday, May 17 the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, in partnership with the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth will host Technology and Innovation in Child Welfare, a bipartisan congressional briefing in honor of National Foster Care month. The briefing will explore efforts to promote innovation and technology as pathways to permanency for children and youth in foster care across the United States and to help strengthen family preservation.

Post-COVID Strategies for Building Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 3:00 PM EDT Register here

COVID-19 has exposed deep fissures in our national and local healthcare systems, which comes as no surprise to mental health providers already accustomed to treating behavioral health needs rooted in systemic racial and economic disparities. Addressing these needs requires targeted outreach and robust community engagement efforts aligned with the principles of trauma-informed care. During this webinar, behavioral health experts will focus on organizations, networks, partnerships, and protocols that ensure access to supportive, integrated behavioral healthcare for underserved individuals.

Practical Strategies for Engaging Young People

Thursday, May 20th, 2021 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT Register here

On Thursday, May 20, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM ET, the Children’s Bureau and the Capacity Building Center for States will host a 2021 National Foster Care Month virtual event, Practical Strategies for Engaging Young People. The webinar will cover how child welfare agencies are integrating youth and family voices through individual practice and system levels of engagement and in peer mentoring programs. Participants will examine strategies to support meaningful youth engagement and learn how shifting to a mindset of meaningful youth engagement can transform agency culture and improve outcomes.

AAPI Heritage Month: Safeguarding Asian American inclusion and belonging

Thursday, May 20th, 2021 2:00 PM - 4:15 PM EDT Register here

May marks Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to commemorate and honor the many contributions that the AAPI community has made to the history, culture, and politics of the United States. While it is a time of celebration, it is also a time of reflection on the journey that the AAPI community has gone through for acceptance and equity. Hate incidents against AAPI persons have risen since the start of the pandemic, and policy professionals have started to recognize that rhetoric surrounding COVID-19 and current U.S. foreign policy toward China may have further provoked this trend. On May 20, Brookings will host an event in honor of AAPI month, featuring keynote remarks from U.S. Representatives Grace Meng and Andy Kim, followed by a moderated discussion with Senior Fellow Nicol Turner Lee. Their conversation will be followed by two panels on the recent events involving the AAPI community, with one panel examining the domestic policy implications and a second panel looking at foreign policy.

Online Child Welfare Trainings

The Child Welfare Information Gateway has compiled an extensive list of national organizations that provide web-based child welfare training and/or staff development opportunities. Find online training opportunities here

Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for a More Perfect Union

Many nonprofit leaders want to ensure that their organizations are inclusive and welcoming to all staff and community members, that their programs provide equitable and lasting solutions, and that they play a role in changing systems to address the root causes of inequities. However, it can be difficult to know where to start and be daunting to know how to sustain and grow efforts over time. To help your organization fully embrace EDI and build a plan that will help you and your team achieve your goals, participate in a dynamic virtual workshop. Three opportunities to participate:

  • June Session: June 2, 10, 24
  • July Session: July 15, 22, 29
  • November Session: Nov. 2, 9, 16

Learn more and register here.

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

New Guidance for Agencies Administering CBCAP and CAPTA State Grants

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released a new Program Instruction (ACYF-CB-PI-21-07) meant to provide guidance to agencies administering CBCAP and the CAPTA State Grants on the supplemental funding provided under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The PI provides information on the allowable use of the funding and actions states and territories must take to report on planned and actual use of funds. This PI also provides an update on the regular FY 2021 appropriation for the CAPTA State Grant program and the requirement to prioritize use of funds to develop and implement plans of safe care for substance-exposed infants and their families. Find ACYF-CB-PI-21-07 here.

  • Attachment A: CBCAP Program Use of Funds
  • Attachment B: FY2021 Supplemental CBCAP Allotments to States and Territories
  • Attachment C: CAPTA State Grant Program Purposes
  • Attachment D: FY2021 Supplemental State Grant Allotments to States and Territories

Lockdown lessons from local systems

The Working for babies: Lockdown lessons from local systems report summarizes the impacts on babies of COVID-19 and the Spring 2020 national lockdown. The report, written by Jodie Reed and Natalie Parish of Isos Partnership, also explores how local systems responded to the challenges presented by COVID-19. It seeks to understand the factors which have shaped the response by services which support babies and their families. Most importantly, the report seeks to ensure that lessons are learned for the future of service provision for this age group. Read more here

Parenting Adopted Teenagers, School-Age Children, and Preschoolers

These newly published factsheets from the Child Welfare Information Gateway are designed to help adoptive parents understand the needs and experiences of their teensschool-age children, and preschoolers and use practical strategies to foster healthy development. Because some adoptive families will need extra support to address their children's mental or behavioral health needs, the factsheet also discusses when and how to seek help. Find all the Child Welfare Information Gateway's factsheets here

ACF Information Memorandum on Achieving Permanency for the Well-being of Children and Youth

The purpose of this memorandum from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is to provide information on best practices, resources, and recommendations for achieving permanency for children and youth in a way that prioritizes the child’s or youth’s well-being. Using an analysis of child welfare data, this Information Memorandum (IM) also outlines typical patterns in exit outcomes for children and youth in foster care. This IM reviews the permanency goals of reunification, adoption, and guardianship and emphasizes the importance of state and tribal child welfare agencies and courts focusing on each child’s unique needs, attachments, and connections when making permanency decisions. Read the full memorandum here

Collaboration of Child Protective Services and Early Childhood Educators

This paper examines the role of inter-professional collaboration in the identification and reporting of a child in need. Such collaboration is especially important in the context of the global pandemic caused by the novel Coronavirus disease of 2019, known as COVID-19. The child protection system must have the capacity and resources to respond to increased demands during this time, and early childhood educators serve as an essential link for child protective services in identifying and reporting a child in need. As an effective system to accomplish these two aims requires a working collaboration among its participants, Bronstein’s interdisciplinary collaboration model was used as a framework to interpret this practice. Read the full paper here

Climate change and child health: a scoping review and an expanded conceptual framework

Climate change can have detrimental effects on child health and wellbeing. Despite the imperative for a fuller understanding of how climate change affects child health and wellbeing, a systematic approach and focus solely on children (aged <18 years) has been lacking. In this Scoping Review, we did a literature search on the impacts of climate change on child health from January, 2000, to June, 2019. The included studies explicitly linked an alteration of an exposure to a risk factor for child health to climate change or climate variability. In total, 2970 original articles, reviews, and other documents were identified, of which 371 were analyzed. Employing an expanded framework, our analysis showed that the effects of climate change on child health act through direct and indirect pathways, with implications for determinants of child health as well as morbidity and mortality from a range of diseases. This understanding can be further enhanced by using a broader range of research methods, studying overlooked populations and geographical regions, investigating the costs and benefits of mitigation and adaptation for child health, and considering the position of climate change and child health within the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Present and future generations of children bear and will continue to bear an unacceptably high disease burden from climate change. Read more here

Findings Released from New In-depth Research Study on Raising Children in the United States

Over the last 18 months, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) commissioned in-depth research with parents and caregivers to learn about the aspirations they have for their children, the challenges they face, and the factors that help them thrive. What makes this research unique is an intentional focus on parents and caregivers of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Following more than 70 interviews and focus groups, this study culminated in a survey of more than 2,000 parents and caregivers. Respondents included the same numbers of parents and caregivers from five racial and ethnic groups: Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, Latino, and White. By constructing the sample in this way, our research team sought to elevate the voices of populations that are not always heard in national opinion studies. Read more here.

Federal Grant Opportunities

Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities

Grants for training and deployment of community health workers to build and strengthen community resilience to fight COVID-19 in geographic areas and populations that experience health disparities. Read more hereClosing date: May 24, 2021.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants

Program to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. Read more hereClosing date: June 4, 2021.

RWJF/DOT Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals

Grants for innovative projects that are working to build a culture of health, ensuring that everyone has access to the care they need and all families have the opportunity to make healthier choices. Read more hereClosing date: On-going

FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The application period for $110 million in Emergency Food and Shelter Program supplemental funding has opened. This funding is available to organizations that provided, or will provide, services to families and individuals crossing the southern border into the United States. Read more here

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Families who lost loved ones to COVID-19, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. Read the Funeral Assistance FAQ for more information. Apply here

The Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program Now Open

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program opened on May 12th. Check out for a Consumer FAQ and other program resources. Three Ways to Apply: