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Earlier this month, the House Research and Senate Counsel, Research, and Fiscal Analysis legislative offices published "side-by-side" comparisons of the House and Senate Health and Human Service Omnibus bills. As of last week the Senate File (2039) has been absorbed by the House File (2294). Because of this, the following overview of the side-by-side comparison will be examining how the...
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This month the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare has three new Policy Briefs available online. CASCW's Policy Briefs aim to explore how the field of child welfare interacts with policy and research. The Briefs serve as a "user's guide" for policy makers and advocates, pointing to the articles most directly linked to policy problems and promising solutions. Links...
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Quick Review - H.F. 2080

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H.F. 2080 (S.F. 1883) is an MFIP ineligibility and sanctions bill that made the legislative committee rounds during February. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Kurt Daudt (R-17A) and has 12 cosponsors. As of today, 2080 is waiting to be heard in the House Health and Human Service Finance Committee, but that hearing has not been scheduled as of yet....
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On Tuesday, February 21, the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) released their evaluation report on Child Protection Screening. That same day,The Health and Human Services Reform Committee heard testimony from eight individuals representing agencies ranging from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to local nonprofits. The purpose of the Committee hearing was to present the report's findings and recommendations...
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Last week, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare in partnership with the Center for Early Education and Development released the winter edition of CW360° entitled: "Using a Developmental Approach in Child Welfare Practice." CW360° is a magazine-length, standalone publication which uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine a prominent issue in the field of child welfare. The publication is...
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On January 11, United Front hosted the 2012 Children and Youth Issues Briefing in St. Paul, which was described as an event to "celebrate recent successes, identify issues of importance for the 2012 legislative session and learn more about innovative initiatives making a difference in our communities." The briefing began with an overview of the state's budget from Christina Wessel...
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On December 20th, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced H.R. 3741: Rilya Wilson Act (no relation to the Representative), which aims to "protect foster children and to ensure that every state has a procedure in place to promptly report their disappearance." Essentially, this bill would require child welfare agencies to report missing or abducted children to law enforcement as soon as...
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On November 15th, Sen. Robert Casey proposed S1872: Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2011. This bill (also, H.R. 3423) would allow families to create savings accounts that can be used for the health and education of a family member with a disability. Sen. Casey introduced the bill specifically to give parents of children with disabilities the same...
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Yesterday, The U.S. Senate HELP Subcommittee on Children and Families held a hearing on child abuse, which Sen. Bob Casey requested back in November in the wake of the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. The purpose of this hearing was to examine child abuse laws to determine whether or not all adults should be mandated to report any suspected abuse...
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On November 22nd, Michigan became the seventh state to opt into extending foster care from 18 to 21 since the Fostering Connections Act was signed into law in 2008. Over the last three years, 25 states have submitted program design plans for approval, 11 of which included plans to extend foster care through age 21. The child welfare field is...
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World AIDS Day

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World AIDS Day 2011 provides some glimmers of hope for children with HIV/AIDS worldwide. HIV and AIDS related deaths for children under age 15 have dropped 10 percent since 2005 and the number of newly infected children has dropped by 24 percent in the same time period. Still, nearly 10 percent of the globe's orphans have been left without a...
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The Minnesota Family Investment Program is often viewed as a program for parents. But how does it impact the children in families receiving this assistance? Like the juvenile court reforms discussed at the CEED Round Table last month, the Minnesota Family Investment Program may benefit from a change in perspective. That is, what does the program look like when it...
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At the end of October, National Public Radio aired a three-part series on Native American children in South Dakota's foster care system, which was the result of a year-long investigation. NPR's report highlighted the fact that in South Dakota:700 Native children are removed from their home every year.They represent over 50% of the foster care system but only 15% of...
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CEED Round Table Highlights

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Yesterday the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and the Center for Early Education and Development hosted a Round Table Discussion regarding how early childhood development and child welfare practice interact. The discussion, entitled "Mobilizing Hope: Using a Developmental Approach in Child Welfare," was intended to help child welfare professionals better understand how interventions are enhanced by knowing the...
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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month so CASCW is taking this opportunity to highlight the intersection of DV and child welfare. Minnesota's Domestic Abuse Act defines domestic violence as the infliction of physical harm, infliction of the fear of imminent physical harm, terrorist threats, criminal sexual conduct, and interference with a 911 call, committed by "one family or household...
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Round Table on Early Childhood

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The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and the Center for Early Education and Development are cosponsoring a Round Table Discussion regarding how early childhood development and child welfare practice interact. This event will be held on Thursday, November 3rd at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The discussion, entitled "Mobilizing Hope: Using a Developmental Approach in Child Welfare," will...
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Author Introduction

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Hello! My name is Danielle Hegseth and I am currently in my last year of Graduate School, completing a Master's in Social Work and a Master's in Public Policy. My areas of study include program evaluation, policy analysis, early intervention, and early childhood educational policy. I will be writing about the intersections of early childhood education, homelessness, disparities, and early...
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September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. This is an important awareness campaign, and on September 23rd, the Senate passed a Resolution supporting its values and goals. However, you may be wondering what it has to do with Child Welfare policy. Well, I'm glad you asked! First, some background. This observance was established by the National Healthy Start Association, which...
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Dr. Jack Shonkoff, co-editor of From Neurons to Neighborhoods, spoke at the symposium "Applying the Science of Early Childhood Development to Child Welfare Policy and Practices" in Oregon last month. Shonkoff, along with Philip A. Fisher a University of Oregon psychology professor, emphasized the neurological basis for the developmental, social, and behavioral problems of very young children experiencing toxic stress....
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On the 21st and 22nd the House and Senate, respectively, passed H.R. 2883: Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act. H.R. 2883 was sponsored by Geoff Davis [R-KY4] and cosponsored by 16 additional legislators (listed at the end of this post). This bill's companion legislation is S. 1542, which was introduced by Max Baucus [D-MT] and passed the Senate...
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