The Cost of Doing Nothing About Federal Child Welfare Financing
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. 23, 2013.