People are taking notice of Keeping Kids in Families. Please read below to see an article in theChronicle of Social Change. Remember, it's not too late to take action and tell your senator that you too support the Family First Act.
Triad’s Support of Family First Act a Major Headline
On Feb. 22, the headline of a Chronicle of Social Change article read, “Family First Act Gains Three More Major Backers (Even Though It Hasn’t Been Written).” The article covered the public announcement of the Triad partnership’s support for the Family First Act, a bi-partisan child welfare reform legislative proposal co-authored by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senate Finance Committee chairman and ranking member, respectively.
The Triad partners, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), and the National Organization of State Association for Children (NOSAC), are grateful to the Chronicle of Social Change and Senior Editor John Kelly for the coverage of our efforts to encourage members of the Senate Finance Committee to support a markup of the bill. It is an important time for the media to give lift to the pressing need for finance reform and to spotlight the support that the senators’ proposal has from many advocacy organizations, including the Triad, which represents the nation’s largest networks of public and private child and family-serving agencies.
In the article, Kelly reaches back nearly 18 months to a speech given by Alliance President and CEO Susan Dreyfus in September 2014 at a conference hosted by the California Alliance for Child and Family Services. As a point of clarification, the quote featured in the Chronicle of Social Change article was Dreyfus’ response to a question about the idea that was in play in the Senate at the time around using artificially set age and time limits to restrict the use of federal IV-E financing for residential settings, an idea that the Triad opposes and that advocates effectively fought back. The troubling age and time limitations do not appear in the pending Family First Act. The senators’ draft proposal puts a much greater emphasis on directing federal funds toward high quality residential settings for short-term stabilization and treatment, a move that the Alliance and Triad have supported.
For more information about the pending Family First Act and the Triad’s support, visit the Keeping Kids in Families website and view FAQs and access an advocacy toolkit.
Supporters of federal child welfare finance reform are encouraged to contact senators today to urge them to make sure the Family First Act goes to markup.
Direct questions to Marlo Nash, senior vice president for public policy and mobilization at the Alliance, at 202-429-0270.