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How Federal Legislation Impacts Child Welfare Service Delivery
This factsheet provides an overview of the process by which legislative actions and policy changes at the Federal level impact State and Tribal child welfare systems and service delivery. Links to pertinent resources are provided for each step of the process; however, the steps described do not always occur in the sequence in which they are listed below. (See the flow chart on the last page of this document.)
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Step 1: Congress passes and the President signs legislation that creates or amends a federally funded child welfare program.
Step 2: The Children’s Bureau provides guidance in response to Federal legislative mandates.
Step 3: The Children’s Bureau disburses funds to support child welfare programs as authorized by Federal legislation.
Step 4: In response to Federal legislative mandates, policy, and/or funding requirements, States may enact statutes, and State and Tribal agencies may develop programs and policies to meet the needs of their constituencies.
Step 5: The Children’s Bureau monitors State child welfare services through data collection and onsite reviews to ensure that programs achieve positive outcomes for children and families.
Step 6: The Children’s Bureau responds to congressional mandates to report on State performance in delivering child welfare services.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2015). How Federal legislation impacts child welfare service delivery. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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