Children’s Budget 2015 brings bad news: fewer investments in kids

By Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus The federal government makes more than 200 distinct investments in children. These include traditional children’s initiatives like education and child abuse and neglect prevention. They also include other investments that improve the lives of kids, like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps). Every year, First Focus…

A Handout Is a Hand Up

by Joanne Goldblum, Founder and Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network originally for the Huffington Post   Growing up in poverty increases the chances that an American will continue to live in poverty as an adult. That’s of course bad for the people directly affected and also bad for the economy. Furthermore, it…

Big Changes Still Possible from Lame Duck Congress

by Laura Welling, Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Goodwill Industries International, Inc. Originally published on the Goodwill Blog   In American politics, the term “lame duck” was first used in 1863 in reference to “broken-down politicians.” However, the phrase originated in 18th century London as a finance phrase, referring to someone who defaulted on…

Medicare in Good Health — For Now

by Patricia Barry, Senior Editor, AARP Publications originally published on the AARP Blog. View the original post here. Medicare is in much better health and has a somewhat longer life expectancy than previously expected, according to the 2014 Medicare Trustee’s report released today. Spending on Medicare’s Part B program, which covers mainly doctors’ services and outpatient…

Grandfamilies

Did you know 2.7 million children are raised solely by their grandparents–without their parents–and 7.8 million live in households headed by their grandparents? How do grandparents feel about raising their grandchildren while their peers are enjoying retirement and taking cruises? One said, “I cruise too. I cruise to school. I cruise to the doctor’s office. I…

Department of Education: Title IX Protects Trans Students

From GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education issued official guidance on April 29, 2014 which makes clear that transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis…

Child Welfare’s Million Dollar Problem

Reblogged from CWLA at childrensmonitor.wordpress.com. Subscribe to their blog for more updates.  There is essentially an unwritten rule for child welfare programs in Washington, D.C.: expanded funding must be “paid for” through cuts to other areas of the budget—usually child welfare itself.  This has been true even in times of budget surplus. On Tuesday, April 29…