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April 2007Vol. 8, No. 3HHS Proposes $2.8 Billion to Promote Child Well-Being in FY 2008

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the President's fiscal year (FY) 2008 budget request for the Department. The nearly $700 billion proposal includes $45.3 billion for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), which administers more than 60 programs that serve America's children and families.

Part of the proposed ACF budget is $2.8 billion for child welfare and well-being programs, including those that protect children from abuse and neglect, promote adoption from foster care, support State child welfare systems, and help low-income families pay for childcare. Two new programs would receive $10 million each:

  • Nurse home visiting programs—Funding would encourage States to use existing funding streams to establish nurse home visiting programs to help prevent abuse and neglect and improve child outcomes.
  • Timely interjurisdictional placement—Funding would provide incentive payments to States to encourage timely adoption when children in foster care are adopted by families across State lines.

Other ACF child welfare monies from the budget proposal would help State agencies provide services that keep families together, raise community awareness, address the needs of maltreated children, and help older children in foster care and those aging out of the child welfare system.

To read the President's proposed HHS budget for FY 2008, visit the HHS website: (797 - KB)

To read the HHS press release on the budget proposal, visit: