Resources provide information on how child welfare services can be funded as well as examples of how agencies structure funding for their programs, including information on collaborative funding strategies.
Before it's Too Late: Understanding the Impact of Institutionalization on Children
Discusses the consequences institutionalizing children and includes recommendations for policymakers to provide the funding resources necessary to ensure children grow up in their families, cultures, and nations of origin, and replace institutions with more beneficial interventions.
Child Welfare Briefing: Strategies Towards Successful Reunification
American Humane Association (2012)
Child Welfare Briefing, 3(1)
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Notes that all permanency options except for reunification are supported by Federal child welfare funding and explores the barriers in reunification for children, families, and caseworkers. This article provides examples of successful reunification programs and recommendations for comprehensive reform of financing child welfare services, the extension of funding to reunification services, and further research on effective reunification strategies.
Child Welfare Finance Reform Principles (PDF - 207 KB)
Casey Family Programs (2008)
Presents five key principles to help guide State and Federal policymakers in their decisions about how best to finance America's child welfare systems.
Creative Funding Strategies for Youth Permanence (PDF - 232 KB)
Annie E. Casey Foundation & Casey Family Services (2008)
Provides definitions of child welfare services and funding streams with charts that reflect how funding streams can support innovative permanency practice.
A Framework for Alternative Human Service Financing (PDF - 1,157 KB)
American Public Human Services Association (2012)
Examines alternative possibilities that can move human services away from its current unsustainable trajectory and toward viable new funding options.
HHS Interoperability: Forging Opportunity From Challenge (PDF - 174 KB)
Wareing & Ek (2011)
Stewards of Change
Explores how cuts in the funding of human service agencies have opened the door to integrating fragmented health and human services programs. The brief explores the negative outcomes of fragmented systems and the benefits of interoperability, including cloud computer technology.
American Public Human Services Association
Describes an initiative to transform how health and human services are provided and funded.
The New Retrenchment: Social Welfare Spending, 1977-2006 (PDF - 435 KB)
Gais & Dadayan (2008)
Shows trends in social welfare spending, including cash assistance, medical assistance, and social services, as well as major shifts in the relationship between State fiscal capacity and social welfare spending.
The Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care Recommendations: Flexible Child Welfare Financing and Reinvestment of Savings (PDF - 237 KB)
North American Council on Adoptable Children (2007)
Explains recent recommendations to increase flexibility and provide States with opportunities to reinvest savings to improve child welfare services, including State examples of flexible funding.
Putting it Together: A Guide to Financing Comprehensive Services in Child Care and Early Education (PDF - 769 KB)
Provides State policymakers and advocates with strategies to maximize resources to facilitate the innovative use of funds, encourage partnerships at the State and local levels, and replicate promising models from other States to child care and early education programs to benefit young children and families.
Towards Better Behavioral Health for Children, Youth and Their Families: Financing That Supports Knowledge
Provides a broad overview of funding sources for children's behavioral health services and recommends policy actions to create and sustain a more supportive Federal and State fiscal environment.