CYF Update

Children, Youth and Family News
Friday, January 22, 2021



LSA CYF members,

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LSA Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Hub

We will continue to update our COVID-19 Vaccine Resources Hub as more resources become available regarding the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines. Please find new materials below:

Please email if your leadership can provide additional resources to your peers or you would be interested in a peer forum to discuss current strategies/needs.

Strength and Service Series Webinar on Crisis Fatigue

Please join the first webinar in our Strength & Services Series in 2021: Feb. 10: 2-2:45pm EST – Crisis Fatigue in the Workforce: A Conversation with Dr. Christine Cauffield.

People living in the U.S. are grappling with long-term attacks to their psyche. Just in the last year, we have witnessed race-based violence, a global pandemic, mass unemployment, and political and social unrest. What are some of the ways leaders, themselves exhausted, can best support employees suffering from crisis fatigue? Join us for a webinar with Chief Executive Officer of LSF Health Systems, Dr. Christine Cauffield – who has worked with leaders in police, healthcare, child welfare and others to address the impact of mental health in their own organizations. Register here.

Advocacy Updates

LSA Advocacy Update

During his first hours in office President Joe Biden is signing or is expected to sign a series of executive orders and directives focusing on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday the president signed executive orders directing federal agencies to use wartime powers to require U.S. companies to make masks and other Personal Protective Equipment, requiring the wearing of masks on federal property, a call to state and local officials to encourage mask wearing and social distancing, and naming a national COVID-19 response coordinator. More actions are expected in the coming days as the president works to make good his promise of 100 million coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office.

Last week President Biden outlined a new $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package which he wants Congress to immediately take up. His American Rescue Plan, as outlined, will provide an additional $1,400 in stimulus payments, extend and enhance the unemployment benefit to $400 per week, and raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. State and local governments will receive $350 billion to address the pandemic. $15 billion is proposed for new grants for small employers separate from the Paycheck Protection Program, with $175 billion provided for small business loans and investment. The plan would implement a $20 billion national vaccination program, including 100% FMAP for states for the administration of coronavirus vaccines for Medicaid enrollees. While no specific money is allocated, the plan calls for assistance to long-term care facilities, including the deployment of "strike teams" to assist facilities with outbreaks in coronavirus infections.

As President Biden takes office and Congress begins to consider his plan, we at Lutheran Services in America will continue our aggressive call for additional Congressional legislation to support our members’ business and continuity and will update you on our advocacy and how you can take action.

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 Child Welfare Fact Sheet

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 contained critical supports for children and families involved with the child welfare system. The Children’s Defense Fund has released a fact sheet detailing key provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 that apply to child welfare.

Virtual Meetings and Resources

New Resource from the Juvenile Law Center and Foster Club

The Juvenile Law Center and Foster Club released a new resource entitled, “Older Youth Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act – Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through the Pandemic.” Read more here.

Introduction to COA Webinar

January 27, 2021 2 pm EST To kick-off 2021, COA is continuing to host its live virtual Introduction to COA webinars for organizations interested in accreditation. The webinar provides an introduction to COA and the accreditation process. It is perfect for anyone seeking accreditation for the first time, interested in what is required to become accredited, or mandated to become accredited by state or federal legislation (such as the Family First Prevention Services Act). Participants will gain an understanding of the key concepts that define COA, the steps toward becoming accredited, and the benefits of accreditation. There will also be a Q&A portion to answer your questions. Register here. As a reminder, your membership with Lutheran Services in America makes you eligible for a discount on a membership with the Council on Accreditation. Please contact Caitlyn Gudmundsen at with questions.

Child Welfare 2020: What We Are Taking With Us and What We Are Leaving Behind

January 28, 2021 1 PM EST As we enter 2021, we are taking time to reflect on a turbulent 2020. While throughout the pandemic calls for racial equity and deepening economic uncertainty upended child welfare practice as we know it, 2020 was also a time for major pivots that will have long lasting repercussions. Join Fostering Media Connections and Binti for a webinar where child welfare leaders will discuss how this transformational year has changed child welfare practice and policy. Register here.

Critical Opportunities to Help Vulnerable Children, Youth and Families through the Child Welfare COVID Relief Provisions and Next Steps

January 28, 2021 3 - 4:30 PM EST Join a discussion co-hosted by the Child Welfare League of America and the Children's Defense Fund on the implementation of the child welfare provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Several partners from the Coalition will lead discussions on specific provisions to help answer questions, provide insight into implementation efforts, and identify areas where more guidance is needed from the Children’s Bureau. Time is reserved at the end of the meeting to discuss any remaining or new emergency investments needed or anticipated within the child welfare system for inclusion in subsequent COVID relief packages and how the Coalition can prioritize and pressure swift action for implementation within the Administration. Register here.

A Conversation on the History of Racism in Child Welfare

January 29, 2021 12 PM EST On Friday, January 29 at 12:00 PM ET First Focus on Children and the Center for the Study of Social Policy will hold the first in a series of public conversations on race equity and the child welfare system. The conversation, geared toward members of the general public, will offer individuals an opportunity to learn more about the history of child welfare and examine the policies governing the modern child welfare system and will help individuals better understand how systemic racism impacts children, youth, and families who are already involved, or at risk of involvement, with the child welfare system.   The public conversation can be viewed on First Focus’ Facebook page.

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

Considerations for Scaling Evidence-Based Prevention Programs under the Family First Prevention Services Act

This brief presents two evidence-based models (EBMs), implemented in NYC, as case studies: Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Drawing on interviews with the purveyors of the two EBMs, as well as community-based provider agencies implementing these EBMs in NYC, the authors identify four key factors that influence the scale-up of EBMs in child welfare. The article concludes with considerations for jurisdictions preparing to implement prevention services under the Family First Act as they seek to build a service continuum that better meets the needs of children and families. Read the full article here.

Children and COVID-19: State Data Report

This state data report is a joint report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, and provides a summary of publicly reported data from 49 states, New York City, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The report summarizes COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and mortality among children. Read the full report here

1619, 1776, and Family Separation: How We Move Child Welfare Forward with Equity

This opinion article's author, Sharon McDaniel, is the CEO of a nationally recognized kinship care service agency, a Black mother and a former child of the foster care system. She shares that issues of racism remain problematic in child welfare services. Child welfare is about protecting children, as well as their moral right to be with their own families. However, the structure of the child welfare system continues to protect and reproduce the thoughts and ideology of those who created the system. In 2021, the emphasis can no longer be on protecting the system. Read more here

HHS leaders: No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic

Top officials overseeing child welfare at the Department of Health and Human Services say they've seen no solid evidence to bear out warnings that serious forms of child abuse would surge during the coronavirus pandemic. Lynn Johnson, HHS assistant secretary for children and families, and Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of HHS' Children's Bureau spoke with the AP as the Administration for Children and Families released its latest annual report on child maltreatment in the United States, covering the 2019 fiscal year that ended before the pandemic began. Read more here

Utilizing Title IV-E Funding to Support High Quality Legal Representation

The purpose of this Information Memorandum (IM) is to urge all state and tribal title IV-E agencies, courts, administrative offices of the courts, and Court Improvement Programs to work together to ensure that parents, children and youth, and child welfare agencies, receive high quality legal representation at all stages of child welfare proceedings, and to maximize allowable title IV-E administrative reimbursement for children who are candidates for title IV-E foster care or who are in title IV-E foster care and their parent(s) in foster care legal proceedings.  Read the full IM on the website here.

Federal Grant Opportunities

Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families

The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents, transitional aged youth, and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Learn more here. Closing date: Feb. 8, 2021.

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress - Category 1, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Cooperative Agreement

SAMHSA is accepting applications for FY 2021 National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) – Category I, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (National Center) cooperative agreement. The purpose of the National Center is to develop and maintain a collaborative network structure, support resource and policy development and dissemination, and coordinate the network’s national child trauma education and training efforts. Learn more hereClosing date: Feb. 12, 2021.

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress - Category 2, Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers

The purpose of the TSA Centers is to provide national expertise for specific types of traumatic events, population groups, and service systems, and support the specialized adaptation of effective evidence-based treatment and service approaches for communities across the nation. Learn more hereClosing date: Feb. 22, 2021.

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress - Category 3, Community Treatment and Service (CTS) Centers

The purpose of this program is to provide and increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services systems in communities for children and adolescents, and their families who experience traumatic events throughout the nation. Learn more hereClosing date: Feb. 12, 2021.

Reducing Risk for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

The goal of this program is to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors for girls who come in contact with the juvenile justice system, and place them on a path toward success, stability, and long-term contribution to society.  Learn more here. Closing date: Feb. 12, 2021.   View related webinar on Jan. 28, 2021, 2:00 pm, EST.

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.