CLASP and Children’s Defense Fund Detail Child Welfare Funding in Each of the 50 States
Jan 21, 2010
Many people across the country believe the child welfare system must do more for children and families. While the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections) made significant progress on behalf of children and families involved with the child welfare system, it largely focused on helping more children safely exit care to permanent families or on improving the experiences children have while in foster care. As Congressional leaders have noted in highlighting the improvements made by Fostering Connections, additional work is needed. We must prevent children from entering foster care in the first place. As Congress considers next steps, these fact sheets--one for each state and one for the nation--will provide useful background on the current fiscal structure of the child welfare system. They will be helpful in assessing how different financing reform proposals will affect children across the country.
It is hoped that these state fact sheets will help policymakers, advocates, and the public better understand the complex financing structure of child welfare services in their states. These fact sheets will help enable them to work effectively toward national, state and local reforms that will help keep children and families out of crisis, provide specialized treatment services for those that do experience crisis and provide supportive services to families after a crisis has stabilized.