Optimizing Child Welfare Financing through Legislative Action


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In 2018, child welfare agencies spent $33 billion to promote and protect the welfare of children, and now an additional $350 million in federal money is flowing to states. Watch as our NCSL colleagues discuss key findings from Child Trends’ most recent Child Welfare Financing Survey and how recent federal legislation, including the American Rescue Plan Act, could shape the future of child welfare. Presenters break down the complex system of child welfare financing and provide insights into how states’ unique funding decisions determine what services are available to children and families.