Financing Child Welfare Services
Momentum toward comprehensive child welfare financing reform continues to build. In September, 2011 legislation passed the House that reinstates the authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow up to 10 states to implement new innovative demonstration projects through a five-year waiver of Title IV-E. While IV-E waiver authority falls short of CWLA's idea of comprehensive reform, innovative and effective practices can be developed through the research, development, testing and evaluation processes required under waiver authority. Perhaps most importantly, Congressional supporters of the waiver provisions publically committed to continuing to fight for more far reaching finance reform.
Special thanks to the frontline workers from the following agencies who generously gave of their time and feedback for this report.
Legislation and Administration Action
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Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, All God's Children, Inc, Beech Acres Parenting Center, Bonnie Brae, Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc., Cabinet for Health and Family Services, California Department of Social Services, Children and Family Services Division, California Social Work Education Center, Casey Family Programs, Chicago Child Care Society, Children's Home Society of North Carolina, Inc., Colorado Department of Human Services, DePelchin Children's Center, District of Columbia Child and Family Service Agency, Epworth Children's Home, Family Support Services of North Florida, Inc., Foster CARE Closet, Home For Little Wanderers, Lilliput Children's Services, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Neighbor To Family, Nevada Department of Human Resources, Division of Child and Family Services, New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Norris Adolescent Center, OMNI Behavioral Health, Omaha, NE?, OMNI Youth Services, One Hope United, Parent Collaboration Group, Partnership for Strong Families, South Carolina Department of Social Services, Intensive Foster Care and Clinical Services, Spring Brook Behavioral Health, Walden School, Learning Center for Deaf Children, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
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