When Child Welfare Works: Reforming Federal Financing to Support Best Practices in Foster Care

Posted February 3, 2014, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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Restructuring of federal child welfare funds should improve kinship and family foster care, reduce the amount of time kids are in state care and end federal spending on shelter and non-treatment group care, says a new proposal aimed at helping more kids grow up in families.

When Child Welfare Works: A Proposal to Finance Best Practices, a report and proposal from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, would transform the outdated 30-year-old system of federal funding for child welfare systems to support better outcomes for children and families while maintaining the existing overall funding level.

The report and other resources are available below:

When Child Welfare Works: A Working Paper

This paper outlines a policy framework and recommendations to encourage best practices in four areas: permanence and well-being; quality family foster care; a capable, supported child welfare workforce; and, better access to services.

Summary of Recommendations

This handout summarizes policy recommendations for realigning federal child welfare financing to support best practices in four key areas: permanence and well-being; quality family foster care; a capable, supported child welfare workforce; and, better access to services. Graphics depict current federal spending and the proposed realignment of Title IV-E.

A Proposal for Financing Best Practices Presentation

Policy recommendations designed to transform federal funding to support best practices in child welfare were the focus of this presentation delivered by Tracey Feild and Patrick McCarthy at an October 23, 2013, briefing on Capitol Hill.

When Child Welfare Works: Discussion from the Field on Proposals to Finance Best Practices

Since the release of When Child Welfare Works: A Working Paper, many organizations and individuals have weighed in with significant feedback, and in the spirit of continuing a public dialogue about this critical issue, this document presents the collective feedback on the recommendations.

Child Welfare Fiscal Reform Analysis

Child Trends, a nonpartisan research center, conducted analyses pursuant to a child welfare financing reform proposal, as outlined in When Child Welfare Works: A Working Paper. This findings memo provides estimates of the federal cost and savings resulting from the proposed major provisions.

The Cost of Doing Nothing Infographic

Over the past decade, two key federal funding sources for child welfare agencies have been shrinking. Without legislative change, these sources will continue to decline precipitously over the next ten years, providing states even less support for the needs of vulnerable children and families than they do today. Learn more about the current state of Title IV-E and Title IV-B funding.

When Child Welfare Works: A Proposal for Financing Best Practices [VIDEO]

Annie E. Casey Foundation President & CEO Patrick McCarthy presents recommendations to restructure federal child welfare funding to improve practices and outcomes in this video of an October 23, 2013, policy briefing on Capitol Hill. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Tracey Feild kicked off the event with an overview of best practices, and Gary Stangler of Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative led a panel discussion reacting to the recommendations.