New Federal Law Could Mean Cuts for California’s Child Welfare Systems

October 2, 2019 | by Jeremy Loudenback | The Chronicle of Social Change

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The Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration California Well-Being Project, a federal program that provided funds for child welfare services in several California counties, expired on September 30. A recent article by The Chronicle of Social Change looks at how the counties will continue to provide services to families in need without the funds provided by the waiver and discusses some of the findings from a recent evaluation by NCCD.

“It is hard to imagine a more wide-scale, broad attempt to keep children out of foster care without sacrificing safety,” Dr. Elizabeth Harris, principal investigator for the evaluation, wrote in a blog post introducing some of the findings. Harris states that the data suggest the waiver had a highly statistically significant effect on keeping children in their homes with their families. Read the blog post here and the latest project status report, published June 3, here.