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February 2011Vol. 12, No. 1Optimizing Funding for Permanency

State and local agencies and Tribes are often unaware of how to best make use of Federal Government funding streams to provide services to children and families. In response to this underutilization of Federal dollars, the Annie E. Casey Foundation recently published Funding Permanency Services: A Guide to Leveraging Federal, State, and Local Dollars.

This guide was designed to help child welfare directors and fiscal managers be more strategic in planning for and effectively using Federal monies, including funding made possible by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. The guide is organized into the following sections that reflect four key strategies that States and localities can implement to fund permanency services that support children and families:

  • Maximizing Title IV-E Reimbursements
  • Generating Savings for Community-based Services
  • Accessing New and Existing Title IV-E Training Dollars
  • Leveraging Federal Dollars to Fund a Permanency Continuum

Case studies from across the country, examples of innovative approaches, a resource listing, and an appendix of permanency and postpermanency services definitions also are provided. Find the guide, written by Donald Schmid, Madelyn Freundlich, and Sarah Greenblatt, on the Annie E. Casey Foundation website:{F818604B-BF1E-4DA3-9A5B-513E9EE3011D}