A Long Road Ahead

Update on the Arkansas Child Welfare System

Posted July 1, 2006
By Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families
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AECF 2006 Long Road Ahead


This report examines the performance of the Arkansas child welfare system from January 2005 to March 2006 across a variety of key indicators related to child safety, family support and reunification.

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Key Takeaway

Child wefare performance improving — but still falling short

Following a staffing crisis in 2004, Arkansas Department of Health and Human Service has hired more family service workers to help provide support to children and families in the child welfare system. While performance outcomes have improved somewhat, on many measures the state still falls well short of its goals. More work needs to be done to ensure that children are safe and that families working toward reunification are well supported for success.