Contracting for Child and Family Services

A Mission-Sensitive Guide

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Columbia University School of Social Work

November 1, 1999


This report explores purchase-of-service contracting and managed care contracting (including the field’s newest option, network creation) as a means of privatizing child welfare services. It helps state and local agencies — and potential service providers — navigate contracts and the contracting process in this new era of serving America’s children and families.   

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Key Takeaway

Whatever your role, whatever the contract details, one thing is clear: Your organization’s mission must guide you

Mission-oriented contracting can help guide the spending of public money while keeping professional best practices in sharp focus. It is the best way, say experts, to protect the well-being of those who come under the protection and care of the child welfare system.

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