A Guide to Comprehensive Child Welfare Reform

Saturday, September 14, 2013

As community based organizations, Urban League affiliates are at the heart of a transformation that is taking place around the country on how we respond to children and youth experiencing – or at risk of – abuse or neglect. This is a movement that seeks to change the way services for children and their families are financed – from a system that focuses resources on children who enter foster care to one that looks to the family and community to prevent children from being placed outside their homes or secures a safe, permanent home when a child cannot return to his/her parents. The goal is to align federal financing with these desired outcomes for children and families.

Over the last few years, the National Urban League Policy Institute (NULPI) has been working with Casey Family Programs (CFP) on building the capacity of the Urban League Movement to advocate for comprehensive child welfare finance reform at the state and federal levels.

This Guide Will:

  • Answer the question as to why Urban League affiliates should become involved in comprehensive child welfare finance reform.
  • Acquaint the reader with basic information pertaining to the child welfare system.
  • Provide guidance on how to become involved in engaging communities and policymakers to secure the well-being of children and families, prevent those circumstances that lead to the removal of children from their home, or secure a safe, permanent home for a child who cannot return to the care of their parents.

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