MCA to co-host webinar on Child Welfare Funding Opportunities: Title IV-E and Medicaid

For those that were not able to participate in the Child Welfare Financing Webinar that was scheduled for Friday, April 20th , you have another chance! The webinar was postponed and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 8th at 3:00pm EST.

To register, please click on the link below or visit http://action.firstfocus.net/page/s/child-welfare-webinar. You will receive an e-mail with the information to access the webinar within 48 hours of registering.

First Focus, in partnership with Voices for America’s Children and the Maine Children’s Alliance is pleased to host a webinar on Tuesday, May 8th at 3:00pm EST on “Child Welfare Funding Opportunities: Title IV-E and Medicaid.” The webinar will feature Carl Valentine, of F.C. Valentine and Associates, an expert on child welfare funding streams and focuses on how Title IV-E and Medicaid, when managed creatively, can each increase federal support for comprehensive and flexible child welfare programs.

Federal funds partially offset state and local funding for child welfare. These child welfare investments have long been plagued by a diminishing share of federal government funding. Federally funded child welfare programs include the Title IV-B block grant, the Social Services Block Grant, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for the first year of foster care and other emergency services, Supplemental Security Income for room and board for disabled children, and the open ended Title IV-E (IV-E) entitlement program for children from low-income families requiring foster care or subsidized adoptions. Since 1980, IV-E has reimbursed states for a portion of the cost to keep eligible children in out-of-home care. Over the course of the program, IV-E foster care eligibility has dropped from about 70 percent in the mid-1980s to less than 50 percent today, largely due to ridged eligibility requirements. For example, the IV-E family income requirement is still based on the federal poverty level from 1995.

Despite these limitations, IV-E is the major federal source of funding for child welfare services, supporting about one-third to one-quarter of the total cost of state programs. In addition, a number of states have used Medicaid to support their child welfare program. IV-E and Medicaid are federal entitlement programs, meaning the federal government guarantees states it will provide its share of the cost of allowable services for eligible children, regardless of spending levels by the state.

We hope you will join us for this webinar to discuss how Title IV-E and Medicaid could be better utilized to improve services and supports for children and families in the child welfare system.

Visit us here.

Contact: Cara Baldari, First Focus, (202) 657-0640


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