May 07, 2018

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.

115th Congress

Date Recipient Description
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

Date Recipient Description
6/20/2016 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
5/25/2016 Department of Education ABA Comments on Foster Care Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act
5/12/2016 House and Senate Human Resources Subcommittees ABA Comments on Child Welfare Services and Other Programs under Title IV-B of the Social Security Act
1/21/2016 Department of Education ABA Comments on Foster Care Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act
8/27/2015 Chairman of OK House Committee on Appropriations and Budget’s Subcommittee on Human Services ABA Letter Regarding Models of Representation in Child Welfare Cases
8/26/2015 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs ABA Letter Regarding Congressional Action to Strengthen Alaska Native Families
7/27/2015 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs ABA Letter with Recommendations for Improving Juvenile Justice in Indian Country
6/12/2015 Senate Committee on Finance ABA Files Comments on Discussion Draft of Legislation Concerning Amendment of Title IV of the Social Security Act
5/14/2015 Bureau of Indian Affairs ABA Files Comments on Proposed Indian Child Welfare Act Regulations
4/8/2015 Administration of Children and Families (ACF) ABA Files Comments on the Proposed Rule Amending the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
2/2/2015 The Honorable Lamar Alexander, Chair, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ABA Submits Comments on Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization

 

113th Congress

 
Date Recipient Description
10/16/14 New Hampshire Supreme Court  ABA Comments on Legal Representation to Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases in New Hampshire
9/9/14 House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice  ABA Statement on Proposing a Constitutional Amendment Relating to Parental Rights
1/28/14 Judiciary Committee of the Nebraska Sate Legislature  ABA Letter Supports Nebraska Law Strengthening the Support Available to Children and Youth in Foster Care 
1/15/14 House Committee on Ways and Means  ABA Comments Regarding the Prevention of Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care
11/15/13 Supreme Court of Pennsylvania  ABA Letter Supporting Modifications to Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Rules
10/7/13 Senate Committee on Finance   ABA Comments on Adoption Incentives Program 
8/28/13 House Committee on Ways and Means  ABA Comments on Adoption Incentives Program 
2/27/13 House ABA Letter to Members of the House Regarding VAWA Reauthorization
2/11/13 Washington State Senate
Human Services & Corrections Committee
ABA Letter Supporting Attorney Representation for Children
2/05/13 Senate ABA Letter Opposing the Inclusion of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in the Violence Against Women Act
2/4/13 Washington State House of Representatives Judiciary Committee ABA Letter Supporting Attorney Representation for Children
1/30/13 House ABA Letter to Representatives Conyers and Moore Supporting the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

 

112th Congress

 
Date Recipient Description
12/12/12 Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights ABA President Laurel Bellows Urges Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to Adopt Policies to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline
11/15/12 Representative Karen Bass ABA commends Representative Karen Bass and House sponsors for introducing legislation to help foster children succeed in school
11/15/12 Senators Mary Landrieu and Charles Grassley ABA commends Senators Mary Landrieu and Charles Grassley for introducing legislation to help foster children succeed in school
2/27/12 Department of Justice Task Force on Defending Childhood Statement Regarding Policies Related to Children Exposed to Violence
2/27/12 House ABA Letter of Support for H.R. 32, The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2011
2/16/12 House ABA Letter Supporting H.R. 3873, the Enhancing Quality of Parental Representation Act of 2012
10/12/11 House ABA Letter of Support for HR 3126, Legislation to Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs
6/16/11 House Statement for the hearing on "Improving Programs Designed to Protect At-Risk Youth"
5/23/11 U.S. Department of Education ABA Comments on Proposed Regulations under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

 

111th Congress

 
Date Recipient Description
11/15/10 Senate Letter supporting H.R. 6156, legislation to renew the authority of the Secretary of the HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) to approve demonstration projects designed to test innovative strategies in state child welfare programs
10/21/10 HHS Comments and Recommendations on regulations to be issued under the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
09/23/10 House ABA supports the Foster Children Self-Support Act, legislation to strengthen the safeguards and protections for benefits for foster children
09/23/10 House ABA supports the Foster Youth Financial Security Act, legislation to strengthen credit protection and to take other steps to assist youth in foster care in making the transition to independent living
02/19/10 Senate ABA expresses support for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009 (S. 678) and urges Senators to cosponsor the legislation
11/10/09 House Letter supporting the "Every Child Deserves a Family Act", H.R. 3827
07/15/09 House ABA Urges for Funding for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Committee on Appropriations)
07/15/09 Senate ABA Urges for Funding for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, Committee on Appropriations)
06/10/09 House ABA Supports H.R. 1873, the Juvenile Justice Improvement Act (Representative Christopher Murphy)
03/03/09 House ABA Calls for Full Authorization of Funding for the Second Chance Act (Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies)
03/03/09 Senate ABA Calls for Full Authorization of Funding for the Second Chance Act (Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies)
02/23/09 House ABA Supports H.R. 911, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act (Entire House)
02/09/09 House ABA Supports the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act (Committee on Education and Labor)

 

110th Congress

 
Date Recipient Description
09/16/08 House Letter supporting H.R.6893, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
09/16/08 Senate Letter supporting H.R.6893, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
07/25/08 Senate Letter supporting H.R. 6307, the Fostering Connections to Success Act
07/14/08 Senate Letter supporting S. 3155, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2008
06/11/08 House Letter supporting H.R. 5876, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act
05/14/08 Judicial Council of California Testimony on the draft recommendations of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care
05/11/08 House Letter supporting H.R. 5876, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act
04/22/08 House Letter supporting H.R. 5876, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act
04/21/08 House Letter supporting funding for programs under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) in the FY 2009 Appropriations bill. (Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies)
04/21/08 Senate Letter supporting funding for programs under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) in the FY 2009 Appropriations bill. (Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies)
04/02/08 House Letter opposing consolidation and reduction of funding for juvenile justice programs into a single block grant for Child Safety Initiatives
04/02/08 Senate Letter opposing consolidation and reduction of funding for juvenile justice programs into a single block grant for Child Safety Initiatives
11/01/07 PA House

Testimony supporting PA HB 1709, establishing the Commonwealth Children's Ombudsman and the Commonwealth Children's Ombudsman Office (Pennsylvania House Committee on Children and Youth)