Final 2006 Budget Bill Cuts Services to Abused and Neglected Children
by Casey Trupin, Vicki Turetsky, Rutledge Hutson.
On February 8, 2006, President Bush signed into law the 2006 federal budget bill, which includes provisions to decrease federal funding for a range of services that help children who have been abused or neglected. It also removes foster care payments for some low-income relatives caring for children at risk of abuse and neglect, and restricts access to some Medicaid services for children in foster care. The bill makes two modest improvements to child welfare funding, but they are not sufficient to offset the cuts. This brief examines the bill’s impact on child welfare funding.
from Center for Law and Social Policy