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Legislature Should Establish Foster Care Excess Federal Earnings Program Despite Slow Start, Report No. 01-38, August 2001
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  • The Department of Children and Families has slowly implemented a pilot program to distribute excess federal earnings that support foster care and adoption assistance.  Although the one eligible lead agency earned $209,690 in Fiscal Year 1999-2000, as of June 30, 2001, the department had not been billed for or disbursed these funds to the lead agency.
  • Preliminary indications are that the pilot is having positive effects by providing an incentive for the lead agency to modify its internal processes to maximize federal earnings.  The lead agency plans to use earnings for additional foster care services and adoption assistance payments.  Because these increased services will be eligible for additional federal reimbursement, they will generate an estimated additional $273,689 in federal funds.  However, because the lead agency has not yet received these funds, it is not possible to assess their impact on client outcomes.
  • The pilot is set to expire on June 30, 2002.  As it is having positive effects and state policy is to continue to privatize child protection services, we recommend that the Legislature continue the pilot and establish the program.  The department should periodically report to the Legislature how lead agencies use excess earnings.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Children and Families
Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-25 Progress Report: No Lead Agencies Have Earned Excess Federal Funds for Several Years, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 02-16 Progress Report of Justification Review: Child Protection Program, Department of Children and Families, published in March 2002.
  • Report No. 01-14 Justification Review: Child Protection Program, published in March 2001.
  • Report No. 01-06 Performance Review: Client Characteristics and Outcomes Are Similar for Both Administrative and Judicial Review of Child Abuse Cases, published in February 2001.
  • Report No. 99-20 Status Report: Department of Children and Families’ Child Protective Investigation Administrative Review Process, published in December 1999.

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