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Report Details State-by-State Funding of Child Welfare Services

2/8/2005:   The country's economic downturn over the past several years has left many public and private child welfare agencies struggling to survive. But even with mounting fiscal constraints, states spent $22.2 billion in federal, state, and local funds in 2002 to protect abused and neglected children. That was an 8% increase over the $20.8 billion spent in 2000, according to a study from the Urban Institute.

The study, the fourth in a series, analyzed how all 50 states and the District of Columbia used funding for child welfare services, and how funding has shifted since 1996's welfare overhaul. Five states and the District of Columbia saw jumps of 21% or more in total spending, while 14 states experienced declines.

To see how your state fared and download a copy of the Urban Institute's report, The Cost of Protecting Vulnerable Children IV: How Child Welfare Funding Fared During the Recession, click here.



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