ERIC Number: ED311310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Child Welfare in the States: Fifty State Survey Report.
Smith, Shelley; Lays, Julie, Ed.
Despite a significant federal role in permanency planning as evidenced by Public Law 96-272, child welfare remains primarily a state responsibility and the states vary considerably in their approaches to it. In January 1986, a 50-state survey on major child welfare issues was conducted. The project was begun in 1983 as an attempt to ascertain legislative initiative and action on child welfare issues across all 50 states. The survey was designed to document state efforts to reduce foster care populations; keep families together; monitor child welfare services; and provide permanent homes for abused, neglected, and disturbed children who otherwise might drift indefinitely in the foster care system. One objective of the survey was to document the diversity of approaches that states have used to comply with Public Law 96-272. The questionnaire was sent to state legislative staff and state agency contacts in all 50 states. Data from the 46 responding states showed that states retained primary financial responsibility for child welfare and that the majority of states documented significant improvements in their child welfare systems. Survey trends for 15 responding states indicated progress in developing alternatives to foster care; diversification in legislative influence over child welfare policy was evident; and child welfare issues relating to permanency planning, foster care, and family preservation services were shown to be top concerns of the states. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.
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