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Family Law/Youth at Risk

Letters & Testimony

The ABA frequently corresponds with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and other governmental bodies and testifies before Congress on matters of importance to the administration of justice and the legal profession.

118th Congress

5/7/2024
Senators Blumenthal, Hirono, and Coons
ABA Reaffirms its Commitment to Protecting Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors in the Bar Admission Process

11/22/2023
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ABA Letter on Foster Care Legal Representation

4/13/2023
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ABA Comments Regarding Separate Licensing Standards for Relative or Kinship Foster Family Homes

117th Congress

12/14/2022
House Leadership
ABA Letter in Support of the Reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

12/9/2022
Senate Leadership
ABA Letter in Support of the Reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

11/14/2022
House Appropriations Committee
ABA Letter Urging Support for Appropriations to Meet the Educational Needs of Students in Foster Care

11/14/2022
Senate Appropriations Committee
ABA Letter Urging Support for Appropriations to Meet the Educational Needs of Students in Foster Care

2/9/2022
Colorado General Assembly
ABA Letter Expressing Support for Colorado House Bill 22-1038

1/28/2022
House Committee on Education and Labor
ABA Letter in Support of Including Legal Counsel for Children and Parents Provisions in CAPTA

1/12/2022
U.S. Department of Education
ABA Comments in Response to the Department of Education's Request for Information Regarding Proposed Information Collection, 86 Fed. Reg. 63007

9/30/2021
House Ways & Means Committee
ABA Letter Urging Swift Action on H.R. 5167 to Extend Emergency Protection for Foster Youth

6/25/2021
House Committee on Education and Labor; Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
ABA Letter in Support of the Keeping All Students Safe Act

6/7/2021
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
ABA Letter Regarding Reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)

116th Congress

5/29/2020
Hon. Sheila J. Poole, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services
ABA Letter in Opposition to New York's Proposed Rule on Host Family Homes

4/17/2020
U.S. House and Senate
ABA Letter in Support of Emergency Supplemental Funding for Court Improvement Programs

6/18/2019
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ABA Comments Regarding the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS)

2/8/2019
Department of Health and Human Services
ABA Letter to HHS in Support of Updated Child Welfare Policy

115th Congress

9/28/18
Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau
ABA Comment Letter on Family Foster Home Licensing Standards

8/16/18
New York State Commission on Parental Legal Representation
ABA Comments Regarding NY Commission on Parental Legal Representation

7/20/18
Department of Health and Human Services
ABA Comment Letter on Family First Prevention Service Act of 2018 (FFPSA)

6/13/18
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
ABA Comment Letter to HHS Regarding AFCARS Final Rule

6/8/18
House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
ABA Letter on the Homeless Children and Youth Act

4/16/18
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
ABA Comment Letter on Proposed Delay of AFCARS Final Rule

2/27/18
House and Senate
ABA Letter in Support of H.R. 4461 and S. 2172, the COURTS Act

12/20/17
House and Senate
ABA Letter in Support of H.R. 4461 and S. 2172, the COURTS Act

9/5/17
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter in Support of S. 860, the "Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2017"

9/5/17
House Education and the Workforce Committee
ABA Letter in Support of H.R. 1809, the "Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017"

8/29/17
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
ABA Submits Comments on Final Rule for the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System

3/17/17
House Education and the Workforce Committee
ABA Letter in Support of Educational Needs for Foster Youth

3/2/17
South Carolina House
ABA Testifies in Support of South Carolina House Bill 3538, the Persons with Disabilities Right to Parent Act

114th Congress

6/20/16
Chair and Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Chair and Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee’s  Human Resources Subcommittee 
ABA Supports the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016

5/25/16
Department of Education
ABA Comments on Foster Care Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act

5/12/16
House and Senate Human Resources Subcommittees
ABA Comments on Child Welfare Services and Other Programs under Title IV-B of the Social Security Act

1/21/16
Department of Education
ABA Comments on Foster Care Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act

8/27/15
Chairman of OK House Committee on Appropriations and Budget’s Subcommittee on Human Services
ABA Letter Regarding Models of Representation in Child Welfare Cases

8/26/15
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
ABA Letter Regarding Congressional Action to Strengthen Alaska Native Families

7/27/15
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
ABA Letter with Recommendations for Improving Juvenile Justice in Indian Country

6/12/15
Senate Committee on Finance
ABA Files Comments on Discussion Draft of Legislation Concerning Amendment of Title IV of the Social Security Act

5/14/15
Bureau of Indian Affairs
ABA Files Comments on Proposed Indian Child Welfare Act Regulations

4/8/15
Administration of Children and Families (ACF)
ABA Files Comments on the Proposed Rule Amending the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System

2/2/15
The Honorable Lamar Alexander, Chair, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
ABA Submits Comments on Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization