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Action Alert: Tell Congress to Support Additional CIP Funding!

Thursday, May 7, 2020  
Posted by: Kayley Nagle
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Action Alert: Tell Congress to Support Additional CIP Funding!

 

NACC is calling for Congress to include $30 million in supplemental funding for child welfare courts in any forthcoming COVID-19 relief legislation.  In many places, court-involved children and families have been hard hit by the pandemic, which has backlogged cases and postponed critical judicial oversight. This emergency funding would help mitigate the impact of court shutdowns, technology shortages and reduced staffing.  Particular investments are needed to support the transition to virtual court platforms and provide training for judges, attorneys and caseworkers about how to handle these hearings while ensuring due progress, accountability for all parties, and informed decision-making. 

 

NACC members: please add your voice to the call for support! Please review this list of Senate Finance Committee members and House Ways and Means Committee members to identify representatives from your state. Contact your representative to urge them to support these critical CIP funds! These materials may help inform and amplify your request:

·     Child Welfare Community Funding Request to Congress

·     CCJ and COSCA Letter in Support of CIP Funding

·     Children’s Bureau’s March 27, 2020 Letter to Child Welfare and Judicial Leaders

·     Children’s Bureau’s April 14, 2020 Letter to Chief Justices and State Court Administrators


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