Advocates for Families First hosted a webinar on the NEICE model last year. Please access it here.
This afternoon the House of Representatives passed by voice vote, under suspension of the rules, the bipartisan Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act (H.R. 4472) <https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr4472/BILLS-114hr4472ih.pdf> , introduced in February by Representatives Todd Young (R-IN) and Danny Davis (D-IL). This bill provides funding for the development and implementation of the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) to expedite the placement of children in foster care or guardianship or adoption across state lines. The bill also continues the discretionary authorization for the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program at current authorized levels ($200 million) through September 30, 2017, and reserves $5 million of this discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide grants to aid states in developing NEICE. Click here for a copy of House Report 114-460 on HR 4472 <https://www.congress.gov/114/crpt/hrpt460/CRPT-114hrpt460.pdf> and for a brief press release <http://waysandmeans.house.gov/brady-praises-house-action-to-help-foster-children-find-homes-sooner/> on the bill passage.
The Senate counterpart, Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act (S. 2574) <https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/s2574/BILLS-114s2574is.pdf> , was introduced on February 24 by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).