Episode 49 - Susan Mangold: Child Welfare Services: Does the Source of Funding Matter?

Monday, June 28, 2010, 9:54:53 AM

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In this episode, Professor of Law Susan Mangold discusses how child welfare services are funded, and reviews her findings as she "follows the money." She goes on to describe how the type or source of funding impacts outcomes and quality of child welfare services to a larger degree than the amount of that funding.

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Average Rating: 4stars  child welfare funding, Monday, February 01, 2016

By Pamela Kus :

This podcast was of interest to me because I am currently focused on working with children when I get my degree. I was really intrigued to find out some facts about the funding and how things are different from state to state. I was surprised that there "ineligible" kids for funding. I think that this was most surprising for kids that are left at safe places and abandoned are ineligible for federal funding. I think that these children are the ones that are in most need. Understandably it is important for the funding to have the facts and history for these kids and their families. Hearing about the titles and types of funding was interesting as well. I did know that some were capped and others were not. It is also interesting that foster care and preventive services are such a huge cost to federal and state funding. I think this is so surprising because the lack focus on this area where I live and it's not widely discussed. I am interested to keep being informed and continuing on with this area especially with the inclusion of the justice system.

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Average Rating: 4stars  informative and frustrating!, Monday, January 31, 2011

By Amanda Ciesielski :

I found this podcast to be informative and beneficial in adding to my knowledge of the current child welfare system. Professor Mangold does a wonderful job at describing the various forms of funding available to states for the child welfare system, and is an area that I did not realize was so complex. Each state varies in the way that their Child Welfare Services are funded. It was interesting to learn that the type of funding used by the states is more influential in determining the quality of services than the actual amount of funding used. This was something I did not expect to learn, however it makes sense that local funding would be more invested in, and make a more significant impact on the services provided than other funding sources.
I found it frustrating and a bit discouraging that our law emphasizes reunification with the family and says that we make a reasonable effort towards preventative services for children in the system, that we emphasize keeping the child within the family as opposed to foster care and adoption services, however the reality of the funding available is contradictory to that. It was discouraging to learn that the law says they prefer reunification, but that the funding available is capped at a federal level, so that only a certain percent of families can receieve these services before funds run out, and that the amount of funding available for foster care and adoption services is uncapped (the federal government provides a match for as much as the state uses). There is a need for a change in the funding available so that we can better align funding with what the law says they require. If this is the stance that the law is going to support, funding available should reflect this stance rather than contradict it.

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Average Rating: 5stars  enlightening , Friday, July 23, 2010

By Melanie DeMarse :

I found this to be a very fascinating and enlightening podcast. I learned a great deal, about how foster care is funded. I never knew how it was funded and found it interesting that it’s funded at the federal, state and community level and that there are different ways in which each state chooses to allocate that money. I found it even more fascinating to learn that the level of services children in the foster care are provided, is directly related to the level at which the funding comes from. When it was broken down in this podcast, it made sense that funding at a community level would have a greater impact, because individuals in each community have a stake in that community and the member in it, which may not be evident at the state or federal level. However, it’s disappointing that all children in the foster care system are not receiving the same high level of care and services.
I also found it interesting that we as a society advocate for family reunification, yet the funding stream supports children remaining in care. This podcast leads to a greater understanding of how funding works and the changes that need to be made to have the funding reflect the beliefs of society.

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