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Step 1: Congress passes and the President signs legislation that creates or amends a federally funded child welfare program.
Step 2: The Children’s Bureau provides guidance in response to Federal legislative mandates.
Step 3: The Children’s Bureau disburses funds to support child welfare programs as authorized by Federal legislation.
Step 4: In response to Federal legislative mandates, policy, and/or funding requirements, States may enact statutes, and State and Tribal agencies may develop programs and policies to meet the needs of their constituencies.
Step 5: The Children’s Bureau monitors State child welfare services through data collection and onsite reviews to ensure that programs achieve positive outcomes for children and families.
Step 6: The Children’s Bureau responds to congressional mandates to report on State performance in delivering child welfare services.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2015). How Federal legislation impacts child welfare service delivery. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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