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The Chronicle of Social Change

By John Kelly


As we reported last week, New York’s Office of Children and Family Services has formally opposed the Family First Prevention Services Act, which would open up the federal IV-E entitlement for certain services to prevent foster care while limiting the federal contribution to group homes and other kinds of congregate care.

Its letter depicted the bill’s supporters as well-meaning groups with no direct skin in the game, “advocate groups” that “do not actually operate any IV-E programs.”

Certainly true, in many cases. The Child Welfare …

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