Recent Changes in the Child Welfare System: One State’s Experience
Child welfare systems; Out-of-home care; Prevention programs; IV-E Waivers; Intensive in-home services
Nationwide over the past 5 years there has been a substantial reduction in the number of children involved with the child welfare system entering out-of-home care as well as a reduction in the lengths of stay among those who do enter the system. This article compares national data on children entering out-of-home care and the length of stay with data from Florida over a 7-year period (2005–2011). Findings are shared on the strategies and services that stakeholders in one state reported as contributing to preventing out-of-home placements and reducing lengths of stay in residential settings. Federal policies such as IV-E Waivers that support this reduction also are discussed. The article concludes with policy and research recommendations regarding how to sustain this reduction while ensuring that child safety and well-being are preserved.
Armstrong, M. I., Swanke, J. R., Strozier, A., Yampolskaya, S., & Sharrock, P. (October 2013). Recent changes in the child welfare system: One state’s experience. Children and Youth Services Review, 35 (10), 1712-1718. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.07.005