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Public Policy Update – December 2014

In addition to supporting a network of 951 CASA/GAL programs throughout the country, the National CASA Association advocates for abused and neglected children on the national level by working with elected officials and government agencies, and by partnering with other child welfare organizations. 

Included below are highlights of issues that are of interest to the CASA/GAL network.  Contact Ashley Lantz, director of public policy, for more information.

FY 2015 Appropriations

Congress passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 (3 MB PDF) on December 13, 2014. The legislation includes $6 million for DOJ’s CASA program (4 MB PDF) and $1.5 million for Victims of Child Abuse Act training of judicial personnel in FY 2015. 

Further, the measure increases the VOCA cap from $745 million to $2.63 billion in FY 2015.  More information about previous VOCA grant allocations can be found at the Office for Victims of Crime.

 

Implementation of Trafficking Legislation

Several resources are now available on implementation of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183), including ACYF program instructions for states on changes to Title IV-E plan requirements and a new guide from the Center for the Study of Social Policy on how states can meet the “reasonable and prudent parenting standard” requirement of the new law. Children's Defense Fund has provided a summary of the legislation.

 

Additional Policy Resources

White House Fact Sheet: Improving Outcomes for Our Nation’s Foster Youth

First Focus, Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Final Budget:  Child Welfare

HHS Report, Child Welfare Outcomes, 2009-2012:  Report to Congress

New Members of the 114th Congress

 

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