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More spent on foster care than programs to reunite parents & kids

on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 04:22
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More spent on foster care than programs to reunite parents & kids

BUTLER COUNTY —

Butler County Children Services spends almost 10 times more money placing endangered children outside their homes than it does funding programs that help parents get their children back.

It’s a dilemma agency officials say needs to be addressed, but there are no easy answers.

In 2008, Children Services spent $9 million housing children in their custody and $2.6 million on services for parents and families. As of last year, the housing costs have grown to just over $10 million, and service contract costs dropped to just over $1 million.

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CPS must do more than yank kids from parents

on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 07:44
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CPS must do more than yank kids from parents

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Other states have answers: Arizona is experiencing significantly higher Child Protective Services caseloads when most other states are seeing decreases, at a huge cost to state budgets and our future. Why? Because, unlike its peers, Arizona focuses most of its resources on dealing with families in crisis, not preventing them from getting into crisis. It has cut millions of dollars from child-care, rent-assistance, job training, domestic-violence and mental-health programs.

That’s a big deal, considering that two-thirds of child-abuse cases area a result of neglect.

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Arkansas Department Human Services Little Rock Cuts Funding to Child Abuse Prevention

on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 17:14

UPDATE DHS to cut funding to child abuse prevention programs

LITTLE ROCK — The state Department of Human Services said today it will cut funding to programs aimed at preventing child abuse because of a $2.2 million reduction in federal funding.

The cuts will take effect July 1. They are being made in response to a reduction in the funding the state receives through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF.

The agency said it is targeting prevention programs with the cuts so no caseworker positions will have to be eliminated.

“It was not easy for us to give up