The State Workforce Development Board has awarded more than $225,000 in grants to state organizations to develop programs to improve digital literacy. PAFCAF member, Epworth Children’s Home received the grant aimed at addressing a digital skills gap.
When it passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) last February, Congress aimed to change the face of child welfare by implementing a funding shift that restricts the use of Title IV-E financing for out-of-home placements, excluding foster homes.
The goal is to increase assurances that children will be kept in family-like settings whenever possible. One chapter of FFPSA defines a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP), which is one of the few settings that will be allowed to receive federal reimbursements after the first two weeks a child has been in care.
In April, PAFCAF Policy Director Megan Branham attended the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) national conference in Washington, DC. During the meeting Megan met with colleagues from across the country while also finding time for a visit to the Capitol where she had the chance to meet with Congressman Joe Wilson as well as staff from the offices of Senators Graham and Scott to share work of PAFCAF and our members.