Report from HHS Secretary Becerra’s Roundtable on Child Welfare

On Friday, February 11, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra hosted a roundtable with key stakeholders in the field of child welfare, including several lived experience consultants, organizations advocates and state, tribal and local officials. The roundtable discussed ideas to help improve the lives of children and families, prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen the foster care system and help keep families healthy, safe and together. , as far as possible.

Secretary Becerra opened the roundtable by thanking attendees for engaging with HHS on this important topic, stating, “You work in a space that is critical — especially during the pandemic. I look forward to hearing your ideas.

The participants are listed below:

  • Parents, young adults and caregivers with lived experience in child protection
  • DC Child and Family Services Agency
  • Navajo Nation
  • Casey Family Programs
  • think of us
  • Ohio Medical Aid

Participants discussed improving access to health coverage and mental health support for families involved in child protection; strengthen data access and sharing between child protection systems and Medicaid; expanding access to family care; and center the safety and well-being of children with culturally competent and evidence-based solutions.

Secretary Becerra closed the roundtable by thanking participants for their expertise and inviting them to continue sharing their “ideas on how we can partner to make a real difference in the lives of our children who need it the most.” need “.

This conversation builds on Secretary Becerra’s commitment to increasing support for children, youth and families in the child welfare system. HHS last month launched a Task Force on Child Welfare and Medicaid Reform, which has held several roundtables to engage with stakeholders on this topic. HHS is also continuing to implement Families First, a bipartisan congressional effort in this space. Additionally, experts are working to improve coordination and access to behavioral health systems for children and families through the HHS Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (BHCC).

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