Funding Strategies: State and Local Examples
Resources include examples of State and local child welfare and other social service agencies' efforts to fund their programs using different funding sources and strategies.
The Cost of Protecting Vulnerable Children V: Understanding State Variation in Child Welfare Financing
Scarcella, Bess, Zielewski, & Geen (2006)
Documents the amount States spent on child welfare activities in State fiscal year (SFY) 2004, funding sources they used, how child welfare spending changed since SFY 2002, and why there is State variation in child welfare spending. (PDF - 6984 KB)
Funding of Child and Family Services Reviews Program Improvement Plans (PDF - 364 KB)
Johnson, Bassin, and Shaw, Inc. & National Conference of State Legislatures (2005)
Describes how some States used new resources or reallocated existing resources for Program Improvement Plan development and implementation, including information on the effects of the States' budget situations.
Analysis of Funding Resources and Strategies Among American Indian Tribes: Findings From the Study of the Implementation of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) Program by American Indian Tribes
James Bell Associates (2004)
Outlines the funding streams used by American Indian Tribes to support Tribal child welfare services, discusses funding restrictions and the allocation of gaming and other revenues, and describes promising practices for increasing funding through collaborations between Tribes.
Effective Financing Strategies for Systems of Care: Examples From the Field: A Resource Compendium for Developing a Comprehensive Financing Plan (PDF - 2740 KB)
Stroul, Pires, Armstrong, McCarthy, Pizzigati, & Wood (2008)
Presents examples from States, Tribes, and communities of effective financing strategies in seven areas: assessing spending across agencies, funding streams, financing appropriate services and supports, supporting family and youth partnerships, improving cultural and linguistic competence, and reducing disparities in care, workforce development, and accountability. Also see the Self-Assessment and Planning Guide (PDF - 1013 KB).
How to Deal With a State Budget Crisis (PDF - 273 KB)
National Council of Nonprofit Associations (2003)
Discusses options for raising revenue to pay for State services, including examples of public relations messages in a campaign for raising taxes.
Improving Outcomes for Children and Families Served by DSHS Children's Administration Through Savings and Reinvestment of Services (PDF - 231 KB)
Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 (2010)
Summarizes workload concerns in Washington State, reviews national child welfare privatization efforts, and recommends a business model to improve how the State tracks contracts with providers.
Moving Away From Crisis?: Alternatives in Financing Child Welfare Services in Connecticut (PDF - 436 KB)
Geballe & Langer (2005)
Explores financing options such as increasing Federal Medicaid matching funds, increasing Title IV-E claims, gaining greater flexibility in the use of Title IV-E funds, and blending and braiding State and Federal social and health services funding.
A Portrait of Nonprofits Serving Children in the Washington, D.C. Area
Twombly & Auer (2004)
Describes trends in revenues and expenses of 1,100 nonprofit children's service providers to identify needs for public policy action. (PDF - 64 KB)
Public Financing of Home and Community Services for Children and Youth With Serious Emotional Disturbances: Selected State Strategies
Mathematica Policy Research (2006)
Reviews several public strategies for funding services for children with serious emotional disturbances, focusing particularly on the usefulness of the Medicaid home and community-based service waiver. (PDF - 608 KB)
State Funding for Children: Spending in 2003 and How It Changed From Earlier Years
Billen & Boyd (2007)
Analyzes changes in State and local spending over the past 20 years for major programs designed for children or in which children are the main beneficiaries, focusing on aggregate U.S. spending and on patterns across States.
Strengthening Families in America's Cities: Municipal Finance for Children and Family Services (PDF - 1570 KB)
National League of Cities (2004)
Presents findings on municipal financing strategies for children and family services, with discussions of making the most of limited financial resources, determining funding sources, and more.
Unique Framework Helps Louisiana Community Prioritize Its Investments in Children and Families
Kilburn & Maloney (2010)
Presents an assessment of the intersection of needs, assets, and best practices in the community of Shreveport-Bossier, LA, to help establish specific guidelines on how best to distribute grants from the Community Foundation. (PDF - 127 KB)