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Home > Advocacy > Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program

 
 

IV-B of the Social Security Act

Part 1: Child Welfare Services (CWS)

CWS funds are used to develop and expand child and family services programs geared towards supporting families and improving child well-being. As a part of that mission, it includes training and research funds related to child welfare. CWS is authorized at $325 million. Of the amount appropriated, each state and territory receives a $70,000 base allotment. Then, the remaining money is allocated based on the number of individuals in a state under 21 and the state's per capita income.

Part 2: Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program

The Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program provides a maximum of $505 million for the four core services. This funding is used for state programs that assist in family reunification, family support, adoption support and family preservation. Of the $505 million $305 million a year is provided in mandatory funding (funding that does not require an annual approval by Congress). The law also allows Congress to appropriate an additional $200 million a year for a possible total of $505 million.

PSSF also provides an additional $40 million a year in mandatory funds that are designated for two programs, one to address substance abuse and one to address child welfare workforce development. Finally, PSSF includes two $10 million a year programs targeted to state court improvements and coordination with the state child welfare system. For more information on IV-B, contact Suzanne Ayer, Policy Associate, at 202-688-4178 or SAyer@cwla.org.


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