Commissioner of Virginia Department of Social Services Letter to Congress

In this letter Commissioner Duke Storen urges supports for federal funding including:

  • $1 billion for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Grants to help states and local organizations better meet the increased need for child abuse prevention programs and adapt services to account for social distancing.
  • $500 million for CAPTA Title I to help ensure child welfare agencies’ response, investigations, and interventions of child abuse and neglect are not dangerously upended.
  • An increase in FMAP for Title IV-E Prevention Program to help make affordable mental health and substance disorder services and other interventions that support family stabilization and keep children safe but out of foster care.
  • An increase to the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is needed to help states fill in gaps to critical services including child protective services, child abuse prevention supports, domestic violence services, and foster care.

Letter here.