ERIC Number: ED459281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Running To Keep in Place: The Continuing Evolution of Our Nation's Child Welfare System. Occasional Paper. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Malm, Karin; Bess, Roseana; Leos-Urbel, Jacob; Geen, Robert; Markowitz, Teresa
In 1999, researchers conducted case studies on 12 states and multiple local sites to document how welfare reform and other changes affected child welfare agencies, following up on 1997 case studies. They conducted interviews with welfare and child welfare stakeholders and focus groups with child welfare workers. Respondents discussed the impact of welfare reform on child welfare and of direct challenges to child welfare. They emphasized continuing concerns about the quality and capacity of the child welfare system. In some states, these concerns led to the formation of commissions charged with assessing the child welfare system, while other states faced legal action. Respondents noted that frequent child welfare leadership changes affected child welfare priorities and agency responses to various situations. The mission of child welfare agencies continued to fluctuate between focusing on family preservation and on child safety as a top priority. One way that both federal and state governments sought to improve the child welfare system was by increasing oversight and making agencies more accountable for outcomes. Respondents acknowledged that most systems lacked sufficient resources to protect and serve children and families adequately. Child welfare workers reported that they have more clerical work, less decision-making authority, and less time to spend with children and families. (Contains 21 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Caseworkers, Child Welfare, Federal Government, Financial Support, Foster Care, Leadership, State Government, Welfare Agencies, Welfare Services
For full text: http://newfederalism.urban.org/pdf/occa54.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.