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October 2014Vol. 15, No. 9The President's 2015 Budget and Child Welfare

First Focus recently released a factsheet outlining the child welfare-related initiatives contained in President Obama's budget request to Congress for the 2015 Federal fiscal year. The document highlights the Obama administration's priorities for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and is intended for congressional use as they decide where Federal dollars will be allocated in the coming year.

The factsheet, Impact of the President’s FY 2015 Budget Request on Child Welfare Programs, highlights a new initiative aimed at improving behavioral health outcomes for children and youth in foster care. The 5-year Demonstration to Address Over-Prescription of Psychotropic Medications for Children in Foster Care program was designed to encourage States to provide evidence-based psychosocial interventions to children and youth served by the foster care system, as well as reducing inappropriate use and overprescription of psychotropic medications within this population. The initiative involves performance-based incentive payments to States to support their infrastructure and capacity building in this area.

The factsheet also provides details on the proposed budget allocations for the following child-welfare related initiatives:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)
  • Adoption Opportunities
  • Abandoned Infants Assistance Program
  • Social Services Block Grant
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
  • Title V Maternal and Child (MCH) Services Block Grant
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Consolidated Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs

Impact of the President's FY 2015 Budget Request on Child Welfare Programs is available on the FirstFocus website: