Fiscal reform in child welfare generally focuses on improving outcomes for children, youth, and families; controlling costs; and reallocating resources to other services. The methods may initiate innovations in spending, such as flexible funding and blended funding strategies or privatization of services including the use of managed care models. The following resources provide strategies and approaches that administrators and managers can use to support the funding and financing of effective permanency programs and services.
Connected by 25: Financing Policies and Practices That Support Permanency for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (PDF - 758 KB)
Silloway & Bhat (2009)
Finance Project & Youth Transition Funders Group
Helps child welfare leaders and program developers finance policies and practices that support permanency for older youth in foster care.
Funding Permanency Services: A Guide to Leveraging Federal, State, and Local Dollars (PDF - 943 KB)
The Annie E. Casey Foundation (2010)
Helps child welfare directors and fiscal managers become more familiar with the intricacies of child welfare funding, including funding streams and dollars recently made possible by the Federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.
Raising the Cut-Off: The Empirical Case for Extending Adoption and Guardianship Subsidies From Age 18 to 21 (Word - 217 KB)
Hansen & Gupta-Kagan (2008)
American University & The Children's Law Center
Describes laws and policies regarding adoption and guardianship subsidies and makes recommendations at the Federal and State levels to provide subsidies until children turn 21.
Reunification of Foster Children With Their Families: The First Permanency Outcome (PDF - 262 KB)
State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center
Examines funding for and promising approaches to reunification. The report addresses challenges to reunification, promising State approaches, Federal funding, and what State advocates can do.
Upside Down Child Protection: Failing to Fund Family-Based Protective Services Forces Kids Into More Expensive Foster Care (PDF - 205 KB)
Center for Public Policy Priorities
Discusses the cost effectiveness of providing family-based protective services and compares them to covering the costs of foster care placement in Texas.