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Webinar - Reasonable Efforts: The Crossroad of Two Major Child Welfare Reforms

CSC Webinar - Reasonable Efforts: The Crossroad of Two Major Child Welfare Reforms

by Fostering Media Connections / The Chronicle of Social Change

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Last year saw two monumental changes in the way that the federal government pays for child welfare services.

The Family First Prevention Services Act, passed by Congress in February 2018, opens up an unlimited amount of matching support for efforts to help families in crisis without resorting to foster care. And in December, the Department of Health and Human Services in December announced that for the first time, states could tap into federal funds to help pay for legal representation to children and families.

Policymakers, practitioners and advocates should understand the potential effect that both will have, and the way in which the two interact. Join us for a discussion with a current state child welfare agency director, a former judge, and a leader in parent representation, where we will explore the potential impact of these reforms and how systems can best prepare to make them work together.