Webinar Recording – The Uninterrupted Scholars Act: How Recent Changes to FERPA Can Improve Educational Outcomes for Children in Care

SPARC and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, together with the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education (a collaboration of the American Bar Association, Juvenile Law Center, and Education Law Center-PA) held The Uninterrupted Scholars Act: How Do Recent Changes to FERPA Help Child Welfare Agencies Get Access to School Records? webinar on Tuesday, June 18th. If you weren’t able to join us for the webinar, or would like to review the presentation, view the slides and follow along with the audio player below.

Speakers included Kristin Kelly, Staff Attorney, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law; and Maura McInerney, Staff Attorney, Education Law Center-PA.

The Legal Center for Foster Care & Education Q&A document referenced in the presentation can be downloaded here.

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Webinar Recording – The Reuniting Immigrant Families Act: A Case Study on California’s Senate Bill 1064

Below is a recording of the The Reuniting Immigrant Families Act: A Case Study on California’s Senate Bill 1064 webinar. Speakers included Yali Lincroft, Consultant, First Focus Campaign for Children; Wendy Cervantes, Vice President, Immigration and Child Rights Policy, First Focus Campaign for Children; Alex Salgado, Legislative Aide to California Senator Kevin de Leon; and Laurie Melrood, Children’s Advocate, Arizona. You can follow along to the slides using the audio player below.

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‘The Reuniting Immigrant Families Act’: A Case Study of California’s Senate Bill 1064

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On September 30, 2012, California Governor Brown signed “The Reuniting Immigrant Families Act” (SB1064). The legislation became the first in the country to address family separation issues as a consequence of the current immigration enforcement system. The California law prioritizes keeping children with their families and out of the public child welfare system whenever possible and helps separated families receive appropriate care and due process.

This case study describes how the bill was developed borrowing the lessons learned from similar federal efforts and how the diverse coalition of children, immigration and social justice organizations partnered to
develop and pass the law. The study concludes by highlighting the efforts of other states to replicate this California bill.

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Medicaid and Children in Foster Care

Medicaid and Children in Foster Care image_Page_01The health care needs of children in foster care are vast and often compounded by their circumstances. These children face myriad challenges – from placement instability, to emotional, behavioral, and educational difficulties, to juvenile justice involvement – that threaten their health and well-being. Because they are often at the intersection of multiple public systems including behavioral health, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and primary care, it is critical for these systems to work collaboratively to meet their health needs.

Much national attention is currently being directed toward this population, particularly around the issue of psychotropic medication use, which has shed a spotlight on the behavioral health challenges faced by these children. Most children in foster care are insured through Medicaid, which makes state Medicaid agencies one of the major players in developing solutions to address the issues of this population.

Medicaid and Children in Foster Care, authored by Kamala D. Allen, MHS, and Taylor Hendricks, MS, of the Center for Health Care Strategies,  details the health care needs of children in foster care and the role of Medicaid in providing health coverage for this population. It also highlights existing policy levers that may help to address some of the ongoing health and well-being issues faced by children in foster care.

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Webinar Recording – Finding What Works: Helping Young Adults Transition into Adulthood

Review the March 19 webinar, Finding What Works: Helping Young Adults Transition into Adulthood,  using the slideshow and audio player below. The presenters were:

  • Sarah Hurley, Director of Research, Youth Villages
  • Mark Courtney, Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago,
  • John Martinez, Deputy Director, Health and Barriers to Employment Policy Area, MDRC.

Download a preview of the youth villages transitional living evaluation here.

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Child Welfare Financing in the United States

Child Welfare Financing in the United States Final copyChild welfare agencies in the United States are charged with ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of children who have been abused or neglected, and those deemed at risk of abuse or neglect. State child welfare agencies vary in their approaches to responding to and caring for abused and neglected children, as well as children at risk of maltreatment. There is great variation in the continuum of services provided to these vulnerable children and families, and also distinctions in how states finance their child welfare systems. Many sources of public funding are available to help support child welfare activities, making the overall approach to child welfare financing in the United States a web of federal, state, and local dollars. Understanding the ways in which state child welfare agencies fund services can help children’s advocacy organizations and other nongovernmental stakeholders deepen their knowledge of the child welfare system. This brief summarizes key facts and trends regarding national, state, and local child welfare financing in an easy-to-read question and answer format.

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Recording from Webinar: Child Welfare and the Affordable Care Act

View the presentation from our February 19, 2013  webinar, Child Welfare and the Affordable Care Act, below. You can follow along with the audio recording with the audio player beneath the presentation. The draft comments discussed in the presentation that are in response to CMS’ request for feedback on the proposed rule concerning Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Programs, and Exchanges: Essential Health Benefits in Alternative Benefit Plans, Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Exchange Eligibility Appeals and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Exchanges, Medicaid and CHIP, and Medicaid is available to view here.

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