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
Support Refugees with Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services
LIRS is calling for volunteers to support incoming Afghan Allies, Special Immigrant Visa holders, who are being evacuated to the United States. Afghan Allies are mostly arriving in a few specific regions; however, we want to be ready to welcome these families wherever they go! Learn more or volunteer here.
LSA Members Benefit!
Did you know as an LSA member you have discounted services at Purdue Global University? Learn more about the education benefits for partner employees and attend the short Open House to learn more about the programs and classes available to you and your staff.
Date: Tuesday, September, 14, 2021 8:00pm – 8:30pm EST
CEO Summit 2022 Registration Opening Soon!
Registration for CEO Summit 2022: A Future Reimagined will open in early September. CEO Summit, which will be held in person in Tampa, Florida, January 23–26, will explore how leaders are reimagining the health and human services sector and guiding their organizations, partners, and key stakeholders in the post-pandemic world. Look out for an official announcement shortly after Labor Day.
Advocacy and Legislative Updates
House Passes Budget Resolution, Negotiations Continue on Next Steps for “Human Infrastructure” Package
On August 24, in a brief return from its August recess, the House of Representatives passed, on a party-line vote, the budget resolution previously passed by the Senate. The resolution will form the basis for the broad “human infrastructure” bill expected to total nearly $3.5 trillion. That bill will enact many of the provisions included in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, including the proposed expansion of Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) with $400 billion in funding.
House and Senate committee leaders are currently working together to draft the actual language of the bill, a process complicated by disagreement within the Democratic party about what to include. In the House, progressives are vowing not to support the traditional infrastructure bill unless a vote is first held on the human infrastructure package, while moderates are standing firm on the opposite position. In the Senate, where the success of the vote depends on the support of all 50 Senate Democrats under the reconciliation procedure, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) continue to state that they will not support the package at its current cost. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has vowed to vote on both major bills by September 27, but that deadline may be difficult to meet given the remaining disputes.
Lutheran Services in America continues to advocate for the inclusion of key provisions of the President’s proposals in the reconciliation package, particularly the $400 billion home and community-based services (HCBS) investment (which is outlined in the Better Care Better Jobs Act, S. 2210/H.R. 4131) 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 grant 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
Recording: The Things That Matter - Rural Social Work
This short video from the Institute for Child Welfare Innovation shares four wins in rural social that allow us to see the power of families and communities.
Recording: Are We Solving the Wrong Problem in Child Welfare? with Dr. Jerry Milner
A Conversation with Jerry Milner, former head of the Children’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services explores questions like: What would happen if we turned over our investment and focused on primary prevention instead? And are too many children separated from their parents unnecessarily through foster care? And, more importantly, what role do our own values of equity and belief in family support play not only in the lives of kids but in the life of our public policy?
Recording: Infrastructure, Bus Drivers & Faith-Based Organizations
This web series, co-presented by CERES Institute and Graduation Alliance, will share the perspective of different educational professionals who have focused intently on re-engaging and re-connecting youth to educational opportunities through their roles at the local, state, and national levels.
Virtual Convening: Join the upEND Movement
For the second annual convening of organizers, activists, scholars, and community leaders who are committed to dismantling the family policing system* a system predicated on the subjugation, surveillance, control, and punishment of mostly poor Black and Native children and families. Date: October 26-27, 2021
Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Education, and Behavioral Health News
Child Welfare Practice With Families Affected by Parental Incarceration
Engaging and working with incarcerated parents can involve a unique set of challenges, but incarcerated parents have the same rights as nonincarcerated parents regarding visitation, case planning, and reunification. Explore how caseworkers can more effectively work with incarcerated parents and improve outcomes for all involved in this updated bulletin for professionals.
Case Studies Demonstrate Family Resource Centers Save the Child Welfare System Millions
The OMNI Institute (OMNI) releases research reports detailing the return on investment of two Family Resource Centers (FRCs) to the child welfare system: every $1 invested in an FRC in Orange County, California, resulted in $3.65 of savings for the child welfare system, and every $1 invested in an FRC in Teller County, Colorado, resulted in $2.92 of savings for the child welfare system. Despite no dedicated federal funding, there are more than 3,000 community- and school-based FRCs in 33 states and in Washington, D.C. that work with more than two million people each year. Read more here.
The Lasting Legacy of Exclusion
In 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act (PRWORA) radically transformed our system of social supports. Twenty-five years later, CSSP jointly published a report with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative that examines the racist roots of PRWORA’s anti-immigrant exclusions and highlights the law’s role in institutionalizing and legitimizing anti-immigrant exclusion in a range of public benefits and tax credits. Read more here.
Beyond the Mask: Promoting Transformation and Healing in School Reopening
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the mental health challenges of youth and young adults, many of whom struggled to access mental health services even before the pandemic. Despite the high levels of need, many young people don’t have access to culturally relevant mental health services due to cost, access, and other barriers. School-based mental health services offer a promising strategy in addressing the high levels of unmet need. Read more here.
Federal Grant Opportunities
HUD's Eviction Protection Grant Program
Funding for non-profit or governmental entities to provide no-cost legal assistance to low-income tenants at risk of or subject to eviction in areas with high rates of evictions or prospective evictions, including rural areas. Find more information here.
Closing date: September 8, 2021
Engaging and Empowering Vulnerable Families and Communities to Prevent Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose
The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts is offering grants for projects to develop, adapt, and/or evaluate promising evidence-based models of family and community based prevention for opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose for children and families, especially those at highest risk. Informational webinar: Aug. 11, 2021, 2:00 p.m. EDT. Register here. Find more information here.
Closing date: September 21, 2021
HUD Announces $2.6B in Continuum of Care Grants
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the first Continuum of Care (CoC) Program grants since the start of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the Biden-Harris administration. The competitive funding, totaling $2.6 billion, will be awarded to homeless services organizations across the country for supportive services and housing programs for people experiencing homelessness. It can be used for existing projects, new projects, and the reallocation of resources from lower-performing projects. Unlike previous years, Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE) can apply for the grants; and $102 million will go toward new rapid re-housing, supportive services, and other activities that are critical to help survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Read more >>
Deadline is November 16, 2021.