The Cost of Doing Nothing About Federal Child Welfare Financing

Posted March 25, 2014
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog Cost Of Doing Nothing Img 2014

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 10 years, pro­vid­ing states even less sup­port for the needs of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and fam­i­lies than they do today.

A new info­graph­ic from the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion and Jim Casey Youth Oppor­tu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive shows the high cost of doing noth­ing about our fed­er­al financ­ing sys­tem for child wel­fare, and how fund­ing streams from Title IV‑E and Title IV‑B of the Social Secu­ri­ty Act are on a path to sup­port a small­er per­cent­age of chil­dren and few­er ser­vices to pre­serve and sup­port fam­i­lies in the years ahead. These trends mean states will lose dol­lars to sup­port chil­dren in fos­ter care and fed­er­al sup­port for the child wel­fare work­force also will con­tin­ue to decline.

Fed­er­al financ­ing for child wel­fare, how­ev­er, can be restruc­tured to pre­serve fund­ing while pro­vid­ing more incen­tives for best prac­tices that will help more kids grow up in fam­i­lies and increase their odds of becom­ing suc­cess­ful adults. The Casey Foun­da­tion cospon­sored a brief­ing on rec­om­mend­ed best prac­tices on Oct. 232013.

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