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June 2015Vol. 16, No. 5Federal Funding of Child Welfare Programs

A new report from the Congressional Research Service provides a detailed picture of the current levels of Federal funding for fiscal year (FY) 2015 for a wide array of child welfare programs. These programs are primarily administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau. There are also three competitive grant programs, authorized by the Victims of Child Abuse Act, administered by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. The report discusses the effect of sequestration on FY 2015 funding and includes an appendix listing child welfare programs by funding authority type (mandatory or discretionary) and detailing whether they may be subject to sequestration.

Specific funding levels are provided for programs funded under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act. Programs funded under title IV-B include:

  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services
  • Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program
  • Family Connection Grants
  • Child Welfare Research, Training, or Demonstration Projects

Programs funded under title IV-E include:

  • Foster Care, Adoption Assistance, and Kinship Guardianship Assistance
  • Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development and Technical Assistance
  • Chafee Foster Care Independence Program and Chafee Educational and Training Vouchers
  • Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments

Other funded programs include the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) program, including CAPTA State Grants, CAPTA Discretionary Activities, Community-Based Grants to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Justice Act Grants, Victims of Child Abuse Act, Improving Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse Cases, Court-Appointed Special Advocates, Child Abuse Training for Judicial Personnel and Practitioners, and Adoption Opportunities and Abandoned Infants Assistance.

Access Child Welfare: An Overview of Federal Programs and Their Current Funding, by E. Stoltzfus, at (540 KB).