CYF Update

Children, Youth and Family News
Friday, June 11, 2021

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS CYF UPDATE

  • LUTHERAN SERVICES IN AMERICA UPDATES
  • ADVOCACY AND LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
  • VIRTUAL MEETINGS AND RESOURCES
  • CHILD WELFARE, JUVENILE JUSTICE, EDUCATION AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEWS
  • FEDERAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

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Lutheran Services in America Updates

Education Opportunity through Purdue University Global

As an employee of a Lutheran Services in America member organization, you and your immediate family members are eligible to pursue a degree at Purdue University Global at a discounted rate. Employees and their immediate family members are eligible to enroll in Purdue University Global’s online programs and receive a 20 percent tuition reduction for undergraduate programs and 14 percent tuition reduction for graduate programs. Learn more here. Explore programs here. 

LSA to Host JKJ Webinar: Cyber Attacks - Are You at Risk?

July 15, 2021 1:00 PM EST It is predicted that a business is being hit by ransomware every 11 seconds in 2021, and that it results on average 16-19 days of downtime. Join this session to learn about Cyber Risk management, the latest trends, including the role and important considerations around cyber insurance coverage and top cybersecurity best practices you should be implementing. Register here.

LSA's Strength and Service Webinar: What Worked and What is Here to Stay in Senior Services

July 21, 2021 1:00 PM EST

During this webinar, Dave Gehm, President and CEO of Wellspring Lutheran, and Sloan Bentley, President and CEO, Lutheran Life Communities will discuss with Jack York, Cofounder of IN2L, the innovative strategies that their teams adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic and what they think will remain part of the norm of senior services in the future. Register here.

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.

Advocacy and Legislative Updates

President Biden ends discussions with Senate Republicans aiming at a bipartisan infrastructure package; looks for alternatives

On Tuesday, President Biden broke off his on-going discussions with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) aimed at crafting a bipartisan Senate proposal to move forward his infrastructure proposal, the American Jobs Plan.  While both the president and Senate Republicans made significant concessions, President Biden ultimately determined that the latest Capito offer would not bring both sides to agreement.  Beyond a divide on the scope and size of the package, a fundamental area of disagreement remains on how to pay for the package.  President Biden has made concessions on his desire to raise the corporate tax rate, while Republicans support a pay-for through unused funds from previous legislative packages enacted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Looking at other options, President Biden has turned to a bipartisan group of centrist Senators, led by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who are drafting their own proposal, to urge them to keep working.  Progressive Senate Democrats are urging the president to move the package forward through the budget reconciliation process, which would not require any Republican votes if the president can keep the entire Democrat caucus intact.

It does not appear that the president has made any concessions to reduce or eliminate the major $400 billion investment in home and community-based services (HCBS) for aging adults and persons with disabilities included in his original proposal; however, it is our understanding that due to the size of the investment, the provision could still be scaled back or eliminated.

Lutheran Services in America has been advocating in support of key provisions of the American Jobs Plan, particularly the $400 billion HCBS investment and a provision for $213 billion for affordable housing and homelessness services and is urging the inclusion of the WORK NOW Act legislation (S. 740) to provide nonprofit health and human services organizations funding to pay wages, salaries, and benefits to retain staff and meet services’ demand. Please join us in this effort through our advocacy alert calling for inclusion of these key initiatives in the package.

Virtual Meetings and Resources

An Online Conversation: How to Improve Support for Parent in Crisis and Youth in Foster Care

Thursday, June 24th, 2021 3:00 PM EDT Register here

Throughout the country, states and counties are rethinking all aspects of the child welfare system to make it more community-based, youth-centered, and responsive to families’ and communities’ needs. Join the conversation for this panel discussion, where five Minnesota thought leaders on child and family support will share their ideas for how to transform the state’s child welfare system.

Coffee and Conversation with National Foster Youth Institute

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 12:00 PM EDT Register here

Interested in finding out how NFYI is lifting up foster youth voices and how you can get involved? You’ll hear from the executive director of NYFI and learn how supporting current and former foster youth can help transform the child welfare system and ensure brighter futures for children and families.

2021 Congressional Convening

Friday, July 23rd through Monday, July 26th Learn more and apply here.

Open to all former and current foster youth ages 18-30, the 2021 NYFI Virtual Convention is an opportunity to represent foster youth across the nation and create real, transformative change. Young people with personal experience with the foster care system will gain valuable advocacy tools and be connected with a representative from congress. If selected, there will be online trainings and guidance to prepare speaking about federal foster care policy with Congress members

Imprint Podcast on Confronting Racism in Child Welfare Organizations Featuring Beverly Jones, LCFS Illinois

Podcast Recording Listen here

Beverly Jones, child operating officer for Lutheran Child and Family Services, joined the Imprint Podcast to talk about her organization’s efforts to identify massive racial disparities in the outcomes of the youth it serves, and what Lutheran did to change that trajectory.

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. Two more opportunities to participate:

  • 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

AP Analysis: COVID Prolonged foster care stays for thousands

The decrease in children leaving foster care means families are lingering longer in a system intended to be temporary, as critical services were shuttered or limited. Vulnerable families are suffering long-term and perhaps irreversible damage, experts say, which could leave parents with weakened bonds with their children. Read more here.

Clearinghouse OKs Five More Programs for Family First Act

The federal Prevention Services Clearinghouse has cleared five new service models for funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act, bringing the current number of options up to 34. Read more here.

SNAP Waivers and Adaptations during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Survey of State Agency Perspectives in 2020

The American Public Human Services Association has recently published a new report—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Waivers and Adaptations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Survey of State Agency Perspective in 2020—co-written with researchers from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy, based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This report synthesizes the results from a nationwide online survey with state SNAP administrators that sought to understand the opportunities and challenges to implementing federal waivers during the pandemic. Read the full report hereRead the executive summary here.

US Department of Health and Human Services Awards $200 million in ARPA funding to Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Program grantees

The CDC reported that at least 1 in 7 children have experienced abuse or neglect in the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred increased economic uncertainty, disrupted community support systems and heightened levels of anxiety for many. These stressors, combined with stay-at-home orders and strained resources, have led to an environment that can exacerbate already high levels of domestic violence. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $200 million to support the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. Read more here.

From the Bipartisan Policy Center: Minimum Wage Increases: Impacts for Childcare Workers and Providers

National discussions concerning raising the minimum wage are of great interest for the childcare workforce and providers. The median hourly pay for child care workers was $12.24 per hour, or $25,460 per year in 2020, below the current federal poverty level of $26,200 for a family of four. While an increase to the minimum wage could improve salaries for early childhood educators, there are other impacts that an increased minimum wage would have on the childcare workforce, providers, and parents that should be considered. For an analysis from 2019 describing how the potential effects of a minimum wage increase underscore key flaws in the childcare market, read here.

Patterns in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage, by Social Vulnerability and Urbanicity

This newly released report shows that, by May 1, 2021, vaccination coverage among adults was lower among those living in counties with lower socioeconomic status and with higher percentages of households with children, single parents, and persons with disabilities. Read more here.

Increased Hospitalization of Adolescents Aged 12-17 Years with Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19

Last Friday, CDC released early findings showing that nearly one-third of those teenagers hospitalized with COVID-19 during a surge of cases early this year required intensive care, and 5 percent required mechanical ventilation. CDC Director is urging parents to vaccinate teens, pointing tot he increase in severe cases among young people. Read more here and here.

Title IV-E Waiver Demonstrations: History, Findings, and Implications for Child Welfare Policy and Practice

This report provides evaluation findings from child welfare demonstration projects implemented from the late 1990s through 2019 that promoted innovations in child welfare programs, services, policies, and financing. Program influences in federal child welfare legislation enacted over the past decade also are explored. Read the full report here.

Paid Family Leave Can Strengthen the STEM Field by Strengthening the STEM Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a pre-existing weakness in today’s economy, namely the difficulty working parents, particularly women, have in managing professional and family life. Even before the pandemic, this predicament had been particularly troublesome in the professional field STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), where women have been historically underrepresented. Read more about how paid family leave can strengthen the STEM Workforce here.

Federal Grant Opportunities

Strategies to Support Children Exposed to Violence

Grants 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. Apply here. Closing date: June 22, 2021.

OJJDP FY 2021 Opioid Affected Youth Initiative

This program supports the efforts of states, communities, tribal jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education to implement programs and strategies that identify, respond to, treat, and support children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid epidemic to ensure public safety. Learning more and apply here. View the solicitation-related webinarClosing Date: June 28, 2021

Supporting Tribal Youth: Training, Technical Assistance, and Youth Leadership

Cooperative agreements to tribal youth training and technical assistance providers to provide culturally based, trauma-informed training, support, and related technical assistance to their juvenile justice system; and to enhance tribal efforts to develop youth leadership skills and support action related to juvenile justice issues, delinquency prevention, and public safety issues in Indian country. Learn more and apply here. Closing Date: June 28, 2021

Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program

The Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program encourages collaboration between state agencies, local government, and community- and faith-based organizations to address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose for moderate to high-risk juvenile offenders returning to their communities from juvenile residential or correctional facilities. Learn more and apply here. Closing date: June 29, 2021

Improving Child Welfare Through Investing in Family Department of Health and Human Services

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to award (5) cooperative agreements to implement and evaluate practices and interventions that: provide an array of kinship preparation services and on-going kinship supports based on a comprehensive review of local and national data on challenges and successes, improve permanency and well-being outcomes for families with children in kinship care; and promote co-parenting/shared parenting principles that build trusting relationships between caregivers and parents to ensure parents remain actively involved in normal child-rearing activities (including relative/kinship caregivers and non-related resource families). These demonstration grants will secure strong partnerships needed for effective and efficient selection of practices and interventions, program implementation, and evaluation activities. Apply here. Closing Date: June 29, 2021

Community Economic Development Projects

Grants to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities, including expansion or construction of clinics and health centers. Priority points will be given to projects that create jobs in rural communities and counties of persistent poverty. Learn more here. Closing Date: July 12, 2021

ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge

Grants to nonprofit organizations positively impacting underserved populations through regional and local community-based programs focused on community health and well-being, youth STEM education, and career readiness. Apply here. Closing Date: July 16, 2021

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