NEW Grandfamilies and Kinship Care Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, February 9, 2021 Webinar
A 60-minute webinar highlighting the grandfamilies and kinship care provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, some of the most significant being those providing additional federal funds for kinship navigator programs. Generations United staff are joined by experts from the Children’s Defense Fund and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law to provide an overview of new federal investments in kinship navigator programs, grandfamilies housing, and relevant child welfare programs that can help grandfamilies.
Kids, Families and COVID - 19
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT policy report explores how children and their families are faring during the pandemic. Using census data the authors explore health care, economic well-being and education, and offer recommendations for policymakers. (2020)
COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide for Kinship Families and Grandfamilies
The Administration for Community Living's Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (SGRG) Advisory Council produced this resource guide to assist Kinship Families and Grandfamilies during emergencies such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Supporting grandfamilies through the COVID-19 crisis - a tool for educating state and local decisionmakers
This tip sheet created by Generations United provides guidance to state and local governments on leveraging resources to serve grandfamilies.
COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families
Generations United fact sheet which provides information for grandfamilies to stay healthy, informed and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. This fact sheet is also available in Spanish.
Policy Levers for State Human Service Agencies in Response to COVID-19
American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) resource that includes various policy flexibilities agencies can consider—organized by policy area (SNAP, TANF, Child Care, and Child Welfare) and action needed (federal approval not required, waiver or state plan approval needed, Congressional authorization needed). For the most up to date version of this document and other useful resources visit: https://aphsa.org/APHSA/COVID_19.aspx
A summary of the CARES Act and how it impacts grandfamilies is now available at www.gu.org/resources/cares-act-and-grandfamilies/. This document will be updated regularly so please visit the website, however you can view a pdf version here - CARES Act and Grandfamilies April 2020.
Congressman Danny K. Davis Guide for Grandfamilies on COVID-19 Stimulus Payments
Practical resource from Congressman Danny K. Davis regarding the stimulus payments (otherwise known as economic impact payments) and how they specifically impact grandfamilies. There is an identical version of this document using the term kinship families, rather than grandfamilies, available here.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a new tool that allows individuals who don't normally file a tax return to register for economic impact payments. It is available at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
Another new IRS tool allows individuals to input their bank information and track their stimulus payment - www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Child Trends’ new fact sheet which focuses on protective factors that help enhance healthy development and help children adapt positively to adversities such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Webinar Recording: COVID-19 and Child Welfare Cases
In coordination with the U.S. Children’s Bureau, the Center helped host a webinar on COVID-19 and Child Welfare Cases. The webinar highlights the federal government's recent guidance on emerging legal issues in child welfare cases and helps attorneys and judges apply that guidance in case-by-case decision making.
Virtual Visitation Resources from HHS Children’s Bureau
Resources which provide information on the use of virtual visitations in child welfare and other fields.
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Covid19
This resource cfrom the National Child Traumatic Stress Network contains tips for helping children cope based on age group and their actions/reactions.
Talking to Children about Coronavirus from the CDC. Concrete messaging for talking with children about the Coronavirus available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html
Conducting Effective Remote Hearings in Child Welfare Cases
Capacity Building Center for Courts guide for court professionals that distills some best practices and other recommendations for remote or “virtual” hearings.
The Family Justice Initiative, a partnership between Casey Family Programs, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, the Children’s Law Center of CA and the WA Office of Public Defense, has produced a new resource page for the legal field during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource page offers concrete practice tips for how to deliver high-quality legal representation during the ongoing public health crisis.
Strategic Issues to Consider when Starting Virtual Hearings
Joint Technology Committee, established by the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) produced a quick response bulletin which provides important reminders designed to help courts succeed with efforts to provide virtual hearings.
Joint Statement on the Role of the Child Welfare Court Community in Response to the Pandemic
The National Association of Counsel for Children, Children's Rights, Juvenile Law Center, Children's Advocacy Institute, Youth Law Center and the National Center's joint statement on the roles of the child welfare court during a public health crisis. The letter addresses access to justice and due process, access to counsel, family time, youth and parent voice and the unique leadership role of judges and court professionals, among other priorities.
ACYF-CB-PI-20-10 - Stafford Act Flexibility for Certain Title IV-E Requirements Related to Extended Title IV-E Eligibility, Licensing, and Foster Care Placements -5/8/20
Program Instruction that provides information about flexibility in Title IV-E program requirements that are available under the Stafford Act regarding the extension of foster care to 19, 20, or 21; suspension of work and education requirements for extended foster care; allowance for unaccredited residential treatment centers to bill as QRTPs, provided they meet all other statutory requirements, if they are unable to meet accreditation standards during the crisis; and the ability of IV-E agencies to claim Title IV-E reimbursement for provisionally licensed families if the disaster precludes completion of the licensing process.
ACYF-CB-IM-20-06 - Foster Care as a Support to Families – 4/29/20
This Information Memorandum provides information on best practices, resources, and recommendations for using foster care as a support for families to mitigate the trauma of removal, expedite safe and successful reunification, and improve parent and child well-being outcomes. It emphasizes the importance of kinship placements and the need to build and support relationships between resource families and parents to facilitate improved engagement of parents, promote timely reunification, build protective capacities in parents, and strengthen overall child and family well-being, while ensuring child safety.
Children’s Bureau Letter Regarding Existing Title IV-E Flexibility – 4/27/20
Letter which describes existing flexibilities in the title IV-E program that may help agencies better serve children, youth, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic including enhanced foster care maintenance payment (FCMP) rates; modifying foster family home licensing standards; temporary absences from title IV-E foster care placements; re-entry into foster care after age 18; hazard pay for child welfare agency caseworkers; option to provide Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood Program (Chafee Program) services until age 23.
Federal Funds Use for Cell Phones and PPE - 4/17/20
A Letter from the Children's Bureau on the use of federal funds to assist with the purchase of cell phones and plans to facilitate and maintain contact, and to purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) as an allowable cost.
Criminal Background Checks and Caseworker Visits Letter - 4/15/20
Provides Children’s Bureau guidance on Stafford Act Flexibility for the fingerprint-based criminal record check and monthly caseworker visits be in the child’s residence requirements.
Children's Bureau Letter on Kinship Navigators and Transition Grants - 4/1/20
This letter outlines changes to two formula grant opportunities: extending the application deadline for kinship navigator program funding and eliminating the application requirement for Family First Prevention Services Act Transition Grants. These changes are intended to ease administrative burdens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal Guidance for Child Welfare Legal Community on Covid-19 - 3/27/20
The U.S. Children's Bureau released a letter for child welfare legal and judicial leaders on Friday, March 27 addressing priority court hearings, parent-child visitation and family time, access to services, and compelling reasons to refrain from filing a TPR petition after a child has been in care for 15 months.
The Use of Videoconferencing for Caseworker Visits Letter- 3/18/20
This letter outlines new policy changes to allow videoconferencing for monthly caseworker visits due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to changes related to program improvement plans, title IV-E reviews, and more.