Budget Basics: Child Welfare (PDF - 496 KB)
Missouri Budget Project (2017)
Outlines Missouri's child welfare budget and explores child welfare services and a funding breakdown. The resources provide information on how Missouri's money was spent, which areas of child welfare were targeted, sources of money for spending, and more.
Child Welfare Financing
National Conference of State Legislatures (2019)
Presents an interactive graphic for each State that demonstrates the complicated funding streams used on child welfare services. The resource allows for comparisons between the years 2012, 2014, and 2016 for all 50 States.
Child Welfare Financing in Colorado: Current Landscape and Recommendations
Rosinsky, Fischer, Blazey, & Efetevbia (2019)
Provides an overview of child welfare funding in Colorado including funding streams and recent changes related to child welfare financing. The resource ends with recommendations for finance reform in the State.
Child Welfare Financing Survey SFY 2018
Child Trends (2021)
Offers a collection of reports and State level data on child welfare funding including a survey of child welfare agency expenditures in all 50 States, webinars, infographics, and more. The survey aims to create a better understanding of how child welfare agencies spend their money to learn more about the challenges and opportunities they face.
Children's Trust Fund Alliance
Supports community prevention programs through policy formation, funding innovative programs, public awareness, and education. Although practices differ from State to State, many trust funds use a grant application process to distribute funds. Visit the Alliance website for contact information for trust funds in every State as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Federal and State/Local Child Welfare Agency Spending Per Child, 2004–2014
Connelly & Rosinsky (2018)
Presents the results of a survey that examines child welfare spending and funding streams between State Fiscal Year’s 2004–2014. The information helps show trends in spending over time.
How States Use Federal and State Funds Under the TANF Block Grant
Schott, Pavetti, & Floyd (2015)
Explores how States use Federal and State funds under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant to support basic assistance, work-related activities and supports, childcare, and for other purposes.
An Introduction to Child Welfare Funding, and How States Use It
Jordan & Connelly (2016)
Examines child welfare financing decisions in 10 States: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. The report discusses the decision-making, challenges, and successes of their child welfare spending, the limitations of Federal funding, shifts in State child welfare financing, and more.
Casey Family Programs (2019)
Presents State facts about children in out-of-home care and the amount of money invested in foster care programs versus prevention and permanency services. The resource provides graphics and information for each State.