Federal Rules Separate Kids from Abusive Families

Publication: Detroit Free Press

Author: Robin Erb


11/30/2008 - "The best interest of the child" is the philosophy that should drive child welfare decisions, but the rules that come with federal funding haven't always cooperated.

"The majority of federal money is only available to maintain kids in foster care placement -- room and board, basically," said Marci McCoy-Roth, co-director of the Pew Charitable Trust's Kids Are Waiting campaign.

Until recently, only 11% of federal dollars for child welfare could be spent flexibly -- in other words, to pay for services that might keep families intact, according to Pew.

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