Friday, July 30, 2021
From Lexington Dispatch:
The Family First Act, which was originally passed in 2018, will take effect in North Carolina in October. Under this new rule, these children’s homes will only have two weeks of federal funding unless that child has certain permissible needs to necessitate a congregate-care placement.
North Carolina legislators have proposed $11 million in “bridge” funding in the state budget over the next two years to help organizations for the loss in federal revenue for the next two years, but it is only a temporary solution.
While it gives more money to various agencies dealing with children's welfare to enhance mental health, the new law gives a limited window to find permanent placement for these at-risk youths and adding extra burden on an already over-stretched foster care system.
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