ERIC Number: ED443916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-26
Reference Count: N/A
Challenges and Opportunities Posed by the Reform Era.
Courtney, Mark E.
This paper outlines the elements of the federal welfare reform legislation and the most important child welfare reforms currently being implemented. Some of the common themes of child welfare reforms are identified. The paper also discusses why new child welfare systems should be designed by child welfare and workfare authorities in collaboration and where child welfare reform should be going. First and foremost among recent federal laws that are significant to child welfare reform is the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, which makes clear that child safety should be the paramount concern of the child welfare system. The Multi-Ethnic Placement Act and its amendments are also important elements of current policy, as are the waivers of regulations governing the expenditure of federal funds for child welfare. Child welfare and workfare reformers should work together, first because of the relationships among family poverty, child abuse and neglect, and involvement in the child welfare system. A second consideration is that the populations served by the workfare and child welfare systems are rapidly becoming one and the same. New service delivery models are likely to emerge in places where the two systems begin to work together. Although every state is running a surplus in its temporary assistance to needy families budget and the federal government is inviting experimentation in child welfare through its waiver program, there is no guarantee that either of these situations will last. This is the time to link basic economic assistance and other services to families. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.