Daily Update October 19, 2016

Children's Monitor


Child welfare agencies across the United States protect and promote the well-being of children and youth who are at risk of, or have been found to be victims of, maltreatment. This work is expensive: a total of $29.1 billion in federal, state, and local funds was spent nationwide in state fiscal year (SFY) 2014. States rely on multiple funding streams for this work, each with its own unique purposes, eligibility requirements, and usage limitations. This complex financing structure determines what services are available to children and families, which approaches are used, and the way that child welfare agencies operate. To understand the challenges and opportunities that child welfare agencies face, it is therefore critical to understand how their work is financed.

This document presents information on child welfare agency expenditures in Georgia for SFY 2014, collected through Child Trends’ national survey of child welfare agency expenditures.  It is part of an array of child welfare financing resources, available on the Child Trends website, including a summary of national findings and fact sheets that provide more detail on each of the funding sources presented here. Overall child welfare agency spending in Georgiadecreased slightly since SFY 2012.  Amount in SFY 2014 % change from SFY 2012 Overall Spending $555,622,633 -2% Federal $346,757,816 -3% State $203,912,419 <1% Local $4,952,398 -1% The proportion of spending from federal, state, and local sources remains relatively unchanged since SFY 2012. Federal Expenditures Of all federal funding sources, TANF is the largest for Georgia. 63% 62% 36% 37% 1% 1% SFY 2012 SFY 2014 Federal State Local 33% 6% 2% 56% 2% ><1% Title IV-E Title IV-B Medicaid TANF SSBG Other Child Welfare Financing SFY 2014: Georgia Child Welfare Financing SFY 2014: Georgia 2 Title IV-E Title IV-E of the Social Security Act can be used for foster care, adoption, guardianship, and transition supports for eligiblechildren. Some states, but not Georgia, also reported Title IVE waiver expenditures in SFY 2014.3 Title IV-E spending in Georgia remained stable between SFY 2012 and 2014. Title IV-E foster care and adoption coverage rates4 Georgia claimed IV-E foster care funds for 36% of children in foster care, and claimed IV-E adoption funds for 70% of children receiving adoption subsidies. Title IV-B Title IV‐B 5 of the Social Security Act can be used for a variety of child welfare services including the prevention of maltreatment, family preservation, family reunification, services for foster and adopted children, training for child welfare professionals, and adoption promotion activities. Foster Care $74,224,182 $74,040,319 Adoption $37,255,584 $36,869,701 Guardianship $0 $0 Chafee $3,456,576 $3,538,071 SFY 2012 SFY 2014 77% 51% 70% 36% Adoption Foster Care State US Total in SFY 2014: $114,448,091 Change from SFY 2012: >< -1% Total in SFY 2014: $20,918,134 Change from SFY 2012: -10%

Go to the Child Welfare Financing SFY 2014 Report: Georgia for more details.  You can find this report at http://www.childtrends.org/research/research-by-topic/child-welfare-financing-survey-sfy-2014/

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