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Child Welfare Transition Nearly Complete; Budget Allocation and Oversight Systems Need Strengthening, Report No. 05-12, March 2005
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The Department of Children and Families has nearly completed the transition to community-based care. As of January 31, 2005, the department had signed 21 services contracts with 19 lead agencies to provide child protective services in 65 counties. It plans to sign a services contract with one additional lead agency in 2005.

The department has taken recommended steps to improve the transition process, and it is in the process of implementing a system to monitor lead agency viability. However, the department has experienced continuing delays in completing the HomeSafenet system and has not yet implemented a process for tracking technical assistance requests from lead agencies.

Also, to help ensure that the community-based care initiative is successful, the department needs to

  • improve its methodology for allocating funds to lead agencies and strengthen oversight of eligibility determination for federal Title IV-E funding, and
  • further refine its contract monitoring system.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Children and Families
Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-32 Department of Children and Families Has Strengthened Its Contract Oversight System, published in May 2008.
  • Report No. 07-11 Improved Fiscal and Quality Oversight Is Needed for the Independent Living Program, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-03 CBC Pilot Project Implementation Delayed But Proceeding; Other Initiatives Implemented, published in January 2007.
  • Report No. 06-50 Child Welfare System Performance Mixed in First Year of Statewide Community-Based Care, published in June 2006.
  • Report No. 06-05 Additional Improvements Are Needed as DCF Redesigns Its Lead Agency Oversight Systems, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 05-61 Improvements in Independent Living Services Will Better Assist State‚Äôs Struggling Youth, published in December 2005.
  • Report No. 05-47 Progress Report: Child Welfare Legal Services Makes Some Improvements, But Other Changes Needed, published in September 2005.
  • Report No. 05-40 Progress Report: After Further Delay, DCF Redesigning Child Welfare Training and Taking Steps to Clarify Case Transfer, published in August 2005.
  • Report No. 04-78 OPPAGA Report: Independent Living Minimum Standards Recommended for Children in Foster Care, published in November 2004.
  • Report No. 04-67 Progress Report: DCF Implements Recommendations, But Some Delays Still Occurring in Residential Mental Health Assessment Process, published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 04-65 OPPAGA Report: DCF Improves Readiness Assessment Process; However, Additional Changes Are Needed, published in September 2004.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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