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State News

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Below is a collection of state news regarding FFPSA implementation and the continuum of services the legislation impacts at the state level. These articles include information on related state legislative activities, funding opportunities, and service delivery.

If there is a relevant piece on the work your state is doing that you’d like to see posted here, please reach out to us at PublicPolicy@coanet.org.


Foster care advocates know the challenges, but they believe it’s ‘a solvable issue’

Franklin Home Page, Tennessee

September 2019


NEW FEDERAL LAW GIVES KENTUCKY CHANCE TO BETTER SUPPORT FAMILIES, REDUCE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

BereaOnline, Kansas

September 2019


How opioids, meth have forced Minnesota counties to rethink foster care

Faribault Daily News, Minnesota

September 2019


The Alliance Brings Young Adults Together To Uplift Foster Youth In LA

Arcadia Weekly, California

September 2019


Some lawmakers wary of plan to move foster children into managed health care

Daily Herald, Illinois

September 2019


How opioids, meth have forced Minnesota counties to rethink foster care

MinnPost, Minnesota

September 2019


'A historic leap forward': North Dakota tribes sign updated agreement with state over child welfare services

The Jamestown Sun, North Dakota

September 2019


Washington Works To Improve Foster Parent Recruitment

Spoke Public Radio, Washington

September 2019


State Lawmakers Confused, Skeptical on DCFS Medicaid Transition Plan

NPR 91.9, Illinois

September 2019


Feedback Opportunity - Trauma-informed care standards for QRTP programs

CO Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, Colorado

September 2019


LAST CHANCE FOR TEXAS TO PREPARE FOR FOSTER CARE CHANGES UNDER NEW FEDERAL FAMILY FIRST ACT

Texan’s Care for Children, Texas

September 2019


Federal Dollars That Are About to Disappear Helped New York City Get Kids Out of Foster Care Much More Quickly

Chronicle of Social Change, New York

September 2019


Governor’s task force calls for more psychiatric beds for Oregon foster kids

The Bulletin, Oregon

September 2019


Utah submits Family First Act Prevention plan ahead of Oct. 1 start date

UtahPolicy.com, Utah

September 2019


Lawmakers looking to ease adoption rules for children whose parents are dealing with substance abuse

Carolina Journal, North Carolina

September 2019


New law offers more resources to kids in foster care transitioning into young adults

KTRE, Texas

August 2019


Keith Howard: New federal program will help launch Oklahoma's foster children into successful adulthood

Tulsa World, Oklahoma

August 2019


Training and Support Network Helps Foster and Adoptive Parents Find Forever Homes for KY Children

WKMS-NPR, Kentucky

August 2019


Capitol Insider podcast: DCF secretary Laura Howard says new research links welfare limits to children in foster care

The Topeka Capital-Journal, Kansas

August 2019


DCFS working on plan to meet federal requirements

WICS/WRSP, Illinois

August 2019


Kansas Department for Children and Families ready to choose from 55 proposals for Family First programs

The Topeka Capital-Journal, Kansas

August 2019


Washington reduces number of foster youth out of state, but in-state beds still lacking

KUOW Radio, Washington

August 2019


An Update on the Family First Prevention Services Act

CO 4 Kids, Colorado

August 2019


Alaska Dropping Federal Group Home Claims to Comply with Family First Act in 2019

Chronicle of Social Change, Alaska

July 2019


Sununu signs bills to increase funding to DCYF

Concord Monitor, New Hampshire

June 2019


FFPSA: An Opportunity to Redefine Pennsylvania's Child Welfare Practices

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children

June 2019


Nebraska Moving Toward Family First Act Contracts

Chronicle of Social Change, Nebraska

May 2019


New York Foundation Brings on Family First Act Specialist

Chronicle of Social Change, New York

May 2019


Nebraska Takes A Significant Step Toward Families First Prevention Services Act Implementation

Nebraska DHHS Press Release

May 2019


Federal Legislation Prompts DHHR to Move Youth in Residential Treatment Programs Back in State

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

April 2019


Family First Preparation Helps Nebraska Respond to March Disaster

Chronicle of Social Change, Nebraska

April 2019


Northam Signs Foster Care Legislation, Announces Launch of Virginia Fosters Campaign

NBC 29, Virginia

March 2019


On Group Homes, California’s Struggles are a Harbinger for Family First Act

Chronicle of Social Change, California

March 2019


Montana, with Second-Highest Foster Care Rate in Country, Likely Delaying on Family First Act

Chronicle of Social Change, Montana

February 2019


Georgia Eyes 2020 for Family First Act

Chronicle of Social Change, Georgia

January 2019


Federal reimbursement for preventive services aims to reduce foster care numbers

Gainesville Times, Georgia

October 2018


New law aims to keep families together, out of foster care

The Sheridan Press, Wyoming

June 2018


Barron: New federal law helps at-risk families

 

Casper Star Tribune, Wyoming

June 2018