Support Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)
Organizations in support of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) are currently seeking additional signers to a letter urging Members of Congress to oppose cuts to SSBG. The letter is open to national and state organizations. Your organization may have already signed this last year (we have been keeping this open and updating Congress).

SSBG funds vital programs important to babies, children, youth and families, including foster care, child abuse prevention services, child protective services, and child care. It also funds programs important to older individuals and individuals with disabilities.

Because of SSBG’s importance to so many in our nation, and because the House Ways and Means Committee voted in 2016 to eliminate SSBG (, it is critical the letter have a strong showing from groups on this letter.

1) Please review the letter and current sign-ons below.

2) If your organization is not signed on to the letter, please sign on. If your organization is already signed on, you don’t need to do anything else.

3) Share this letter with other national and state organizations that would like to sign-on.

For more information, please email John Sciamanna at

The Social Services Block Grant

XX, 2017

Dear Member of Congress:

Representing a diverse coalition of groups serving vulnerable populations, the undersigned organizations support continued funding of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). We have strongly opposed previous attempts to cut SSBG and will oppose any efforts to do so in 2017.

SSBG is a major funder for state and local child abuse prevention services, child protective services (CPS) and it supplements services for adoptions and for services to infants, children and youth in foster care. In some states, it is a significant source of local funding for adult protective services.

Congress cut SSBG funding when TANF was enacted into law and when funding was needed for a 1998 transportation bill, with the assumption that at some point it would return to its former level of $2.8 billion. SSBG was never restored. We are concerned that some members may again propose to use SSBG for deficit reduction or to fund specific human services programs. SSBG funding has already been used to cut the deficit and rather than using the funds for specific needs identified at the federal level, the strength of the current program lies in its flexibility to allow state and local governments to determine how best to use the funds to meet local needs.

The champions of SSBG have included the leadership from both parties. In past congresses SSBG has had bipartisan support on both the House Ways and Means committee and the Senate Finance Committee. We hope this will be true again.

SSBG is a vital and flexible funding source helping children, older adults and people with disabilities in a range of ways. The outcome results for SSBG are clear, in 34 states more caseworkers are available to investigate reports of child abuse and because of SSBG 36 states can provide services for victims of domestic violence and victims of elder abuse. It supports services for those adults in jeopardy of entering a nursing home or institution and helps to fill the numerous state and local budget gaps in areas as diverse as senior services, mental health services, and services to people with disabilities. SSBG supports children in need of child care, children and youth who have been abused and neglected, foster youth in need of transitional services, and a range of low income individuals and families. Cutting or further targeting SSBG will inevitably harm vulnerable populations.

The undersigned organizations urge you to protect SSBG.


Alliance for Retired Americans
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Art Therapy Association
American Association on Health and Disability
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
American Psychological Association
Americans for Democratic Action
Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance
Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare
Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies
Association of University Centers on Disability
B'nai B'rith International
Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Children’s Advocacy Institute
Children’s Defense Fund
Children’s Home Society of America
Children’s Leadership Council
Child Welfare League of America
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Coalition on Human Needs
Donaldson Adoption Institute
Easter Seals
Elder Justice Coalition
Every Child Matters
First Focus Campaign for Children
Foster Care to Success
Foster Family-based Treatment Association
Futures Without Violence
Generations United
Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.
Healthy Teen Network
Humanity Preservation Foundation
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Federations of North America
John Burton Foundation
The Kempe Foundation
Lutheran Services in America
Meals on Wheels America
Medicare Rights Center
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Adult Day Services Association
National Adult Protective Services Association
National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds
National Alliance To Advance Adolescent Health
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
National Association for Children's Behavioral Health
National Association of Counsel for Children
National Association of County Human Services Administrators
National Association of Counties
National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP)
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)
National Center on Adoption and Permanency
National Child Abuse Coalition
National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
National Council on Aging
National Crittenton Foundation
National Foster Parent Association
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
National Hispanic Council on Aging
National Organization of State Associations for Children
National Respite Coalition
National WIC Association
National Women’s Law Center
Network, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Partnership for America's Children
Prevent Child Abuse America
Ray E Helfer Society
Standing Up for Rural America
Voice for Adoption
Woman’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER)
Zero To Three
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


Southeast Alabama Senior Community Service Employment Program
Successful Living Center, Alzheimer's Adult Day Care

Alaska Behavioral Health Association
Alaska Children’s Trust

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
NACOG Area Agency on Aging
Our Family Services
SEAGO/Area Agency on Aging Region VI
Sedona Community Center

Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas
Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas
Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Arkansas, Inc.
East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging
Jacksonville Senior Wellness & Activity Center, Inc.
Mississippi County Senior Center
White River Area Agency on Aging

Academy for Professional Excellence
Alliance for Children's Rights
Angelus Plaza
Calaveras County Health and Human Services Agency
California Association of Food Banks
California Family Resource Center
California Foster Families, Inc.
California Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Ceres Community Project
Child Abuse Prevention Center
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento
Children’s Defense Fund--California
Children’s Partnership
City of San Marcos Senior Activity Center
County Welfare Directors Association of California
ElderHelp of San Diego
First Place For Youth
Food For Thought
Foster Care Counts
FosterEd: Santa Cruz County
Fred Finch Youth Center
Home Start, Inc.
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
Lake County Office of Education
LeadingAge California
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
Meals on Wheels California
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula
Meals on Wheels San Diego County
Meals on Wheels Yolo County
Monterey County Department of Social Services
Orange County Social Services
Prevent Child Abuse California
Sacramento County Adult Protective Services
Safe Kids California
San Diego County Office of Education
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Serving Seniors
Solano County Health & Social Services
SOS Meals on Wheels
Whistlestop's Meals on Wheels

The Adoption Exchange
Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners
Boulder County Board of Commissioners
City and County of Denver Department of Human Services
Colorado Association of Family and Children's Agencies
Colorado Counties, Inc.
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments/Area Agency on Aging
Sharing the Care Campaign of Northern Colorado

Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families, Inc.
Connecticut Association for Human Services
LifeBridge Community Services
Mansfield Senior Center

Delaware Adult Protective Services

Children's Home Society of Florida
Meals on Wheels South Florida
Monroe County Social Services
Palm Beach County Human Services
The Poverello Center, Inc.
West Palm Beach Housing Authority

Athens Community Council on Aging
Fayette Senior Services, Inc.
Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness
Meals on Wheels Association of Georgia
Senior Citizens Inc.
Spalding County Senior Nutrition
Twiggs County Senior Center

Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii

PATH Idaho

Aging Care Connections, Illinois
CJE Senior Life Home Delivered Meals and Kosher To Go
Gift of Hope, Grandparents and Others Raising America's Children
Guardian Angel Community Services
Illinois Collaborative for Youth
Voluntary Action Center

Adult & Child Health
Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana
Area 13 Agency on Aging and Disability
Children First Center Health Families
Children's Bureau, Inc.
Choices Coordinated Care Solutions
Family Focus Inc.
Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Indiana Association of Resources & Child Advocacy
Indiana United Methodist Children's Home
LifeStream Services, Inc.
LifeTime Resources, Inc.
Mid-Land Meals
PSI Services of Indiana Inc.
Regional Mental Health
ResCare Youth Services
The Phoenix Institute Inc
The Villages of Indiana, Inc.

Lutheran Services in Iowa
Polk County Health Services

Aging Projects, Inc.
Central Plains Area Agency on Aging
East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging & Disabilities
Kansas Children’s Service League
North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging
Rice County Council on Aging
Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging & Disability Resource Center

Children's Alliance Kentucky
Kentucky Youth Advocates
Southwest Community Ministries

Cane River Children's Services
Educational and Treatment Council, Inc.
Gulf Coast Social Services
Kingsley House
Lighthouse Ranch for Boys
Louisiana Association of Children and Family Agencies (LACFA)
MacDonell Children Services
Raintree Children & Family Services
Reilly Center for Children and Families, Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge
St. Tammany SALT Council

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc.
Community Concepts, Inc.
Every Child Matters in Maine
Families and Children Together

Adoptions Together/FamilyWorks Together
Advocates for Children and Youth
Maryland Department of Human Resources
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
PeterCares House

Association for Behavioral Healthcare
Children's League of Massachusetts
Community Servings
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley
Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.
Massachusetts Home Care

Antrim County Commission on Aging
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan
Living Independence For Everyone
Methodist Children's Home Society
Michigan's Children
Senior Resources of West Michigan
Spaulding for Children
Tri-County Office on Aging
United Methodist Community House
Valley Area Agency on Aging

Association of Minnesota Counties
Behavioral Health Services North, Inc.
Kandiyohi County Minnesota
Mille Lacs County Community and Veterans Services
Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Minnesota Association of County Social Services Administrators
Nobles County Community Services
Olmsted County Community Services
Olmsted County
Pope County Human Services
Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota
Ramsey County Board of Commissioners
Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging
Southwest Health and Human Services
Washington County Community Services Department, Stillwater
Yellow Medicine County

Ashley Parker, LLC
Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
Mississippi Family Caregiver Coalition
NAMI - Mississippi
Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center
Pinebelt Association for Families

Bonne Terre Senior Nutrition Center
L & C Ministries
Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Missouri Division of Senior and Disability Services
Missouri Kids First
Putnam County Senior Citizens Organization
Senior Citizens Community Center

Fergus County Council on Aging
Harlem Area Senior Citizens Center
The Parenting Place

Adult Protective Service- Nebraska
Southeast District Health Department

Children's Advocacy Alliance
Dreams Foundation, Inc.
Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children
Nevada Senior Services
Senior Coalition of Washoe County

New Hampshire
Every Child Matters in New Hampshire
Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services
Rockingham Nutrition and Meals on Wheels Program
St. Joseph Community Services, Inc.

New Jersey
The Children's Home Society of New Jersey
Community Access Unlimited
Family and Children Services
Hudson County Protective Services, Inc.
Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey
Meals on Wheels of Salem County, Inc.
New Jersey Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NJ4A)
Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey
Union County Advisory Council on Aging
Warren County Aging Services Advisory Council

New Mexico
All Faiths
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization
New Mexico Voices for Children

New York
Adoption Center of Upstate New York
Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York
Behavioral Health Services North, Inc
The Children's Agenda
City Meals on Wheels
Community Place of Greater Rochester
LiveOn NY
Meals on Wheels of Chemung County, Inc.
Meals on Wheels of Rockland
Meals on Wheels of Syracuse
NYC/HRA Adult Protective Services

North Carolina
Alamance County Department of Social Services
Anson County Department of Social Services
Buncombe County Health & Human Services
Burke County North Carolina Department of Social Services
Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, Inc
Catawba County Social Services
Centralina Area Agency on Aging
Children & Family Resource Center, Inc.
Currituck County Department of Social Services
Dare County Department of Health and Human Services—Social Services Division
Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners
Graham County Department of Social Services
Halifax County Department of Social Services
Jones County Department of Social Services
Lincoln County Department of Social Services
Martin County Department of Social Services
Meals on Wheels Durham
Meals on Wheels North Carolina
Moore County Department of Aging
Pitt County Council on Aging
Pitt County Department of Social Services
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
Richmond County Aging Services
Senior Services, Inc. of Forsyth County
The Jackson County North Carolina Board of Social Services
The North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services
Tyrrell County DSS
Watauga County Department of Social Services
Wilson County NC Board of Social Services

North Dakota
PATH North Dakota, Inc.

Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners
Ashtabula County Children Services Board
Ashtabula County Department of Job and Family Services
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Consortium Against Adult Abuse(C3A) 5-County Organization
Coshocton County Department of Job and Family Services
Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services Advisory Board
Direction Home Akron Canton
Guernsey County Meals on Wheels
Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, Inc.
Hancock County Job and Family Services
Hardin County DJFS/PCSA
Jackson County Department of Job and Family Services
Job & Family Services - Marion County
Lorain County Children Services
Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services
Madison County Department of Job and Family Services
Meals on Wheels of Fairfield County
Morrow County Department of Job and Family Services
National Association of Social Workers, Ohio Chapter
Neighborhood Alliance
Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Region 3
Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Region 7
Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Region 9
Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies
Ohio Association of Senior Centers-OASC
Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services
Ohio Job and Family Services Directors Association
Policy Matters Ohio
Public Children Services Association of Ohio
Rose Centers for Aging Well
Scioto County Department of Job and Family Services
Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services
Voices for Ohio's Children

Areawide Aging Agency, Inc.
Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma

Multnomah County, Adult Protective Services
Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE)
Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging & Disabilities- O4AD
Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC)
Sustainable Cottage Grove

Center in the Park
Lutheran Settlement House
MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance)
Meals for Friends
Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County
Monroe County Meals on Wheels
Montco SAAC
Pennsylvania Association of County Human Services Administrators
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Philadelphia Senior Center
Shenango Valley Meals on Wheels
St. Charles Senior Community Center
The Center at Journey's Way
The South Philadelphia Older Adult Center Advisory Council

Rhode Island
Foster Forward
Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island

South Carolina
Calhoun County Council on Aging
Dillon County Council for the Aging
Hampton County Council on Aging
Senior Resources, Inc.
Union County Council on Aging
York County Council on Aging

South Dakota
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

First Tennessee Human Resource Agency
Goodwill Homes Community Services, Inc.
Meritan, Inc.
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee
RISE Foundation, Inc.
Southwest Human Resource Agency

Amigos Del Valle, Inc.
Christian Senior Services
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, Texas
Lena Pope
Meals on Wheels Association of Texas
Meals on Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties
Meals on Wheels Plus, Inc.
Meals on Wheels Texoma
Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant Co.
Medina Senior Center
Nutrition and Services for Seniors
Office of the Texas State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Orange Community Action Association
Senior Connect
Texas Foster Family Association
Tri-County Senior Nutrition Project, Inc. DBA Meals on Wheels Texoma

Children's Services Society
Crossroads Urban Center, Salt Lake City

Age Well
Center on Aging
Porter Medical Center
Thompson Senior Center
Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Accomack Department of Social Services
Craig County Department of Social Services
Gloucester Department of Social Services
Highland County Department of Social Services
LeadingAge Virginia
Norfolk Department of Human Services
Portsmouth Department of Social Services
Valley Program for Aging Services

Homage Senior Services
Many Lights Foundation
Northwest Adoption Exchange
Senior Life Resources NW
Senior Services for South Sound
Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Washington State Council on Aging

West Virginia
Appalachian Area Agency on Aging

Interfaith Older Adult Programs
Milwaukee County Department on Aging
Waupaca County
Wisconsin Association of Family and Children's Agencies
Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association, (WCCAA)
Winnebago County Human Services Department

Wyoming Children's Law Center, Inc.
Wyoming Community Foundation
Wyoming Kids First

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