Cost of Care and Redirection of Resources

Developing a high quality alternative care system requires adequate funding and resources.  In countries that are working to reform their care systems, efforts are needed to redirect financing from residential care options towards new initiatives that support parents, prevent family separation, and provide children with a range of family and community based care alternatives. 

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Svetlana Yampolskaya, John Robst, Mary I. Armstrong - Children and Youth Services Review,

The purpose of this paper is to examine child characteristics and child welfare services associated with high welfare costs in the US, defined as the top decile of child welfare costs.

Katherine Trebeck - The Independent Care Review,

This paper was written by Dr Katherine Trebeck and is her reflections on what was found as a result of the work done to Follow the Money, the report of the Independent Care Review that produced the financial argument needed to challenge the way Scotland invests in its ‘care system’.

The Independent Care Review,

One of several reports produced as part of the Scottish Independent Care Review, this report explains how Scotland can invest better in its children and families. 

National Head Start Association,

This brief from Head Start provides an overview of state funding for Head Start, a collection of comprehensive birth to five programs in the U.S. specifically designed to strengthen families, promote school readiness, and improve child health.


This brief from Lumos reviews the the transition from institutional to family and community-based care under the European Social Fund (ESF) funding period 2014-2018, including promising deinstitutionalisation practices, and outlines key recommendations to the European Union for the completion and implementation of the ESF+ 2021- 2027 funding period.

Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG),

This report is an analysis of the feedback that the Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG) received from a six-question survey with over 70 non-funder stakeholders.

Amanda L. Neil, et al - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The purpose of this study was to estimate the costs of hospitalization for physical and mental health conditions by child protection status, including out-of-home-care (OOHC) placement, from birth until 13-years, and to assess the excess costs associated with child protection contact over this period.

National Family Support Network,

This guide from the National Family Support Network provides a brief outline of suggested steps for funders to invest in Family Resource Centers, including resources from the National Family Support Network for each step.

Lynn Tiede and Kristina Rosinsky - Child Trends,

This report draws on interviews the authors conducted with 19 child welfare leaders in eight jurisdictions to highlight how jurisdictions are using existing funding sources to serve this population and examine the funding challenges they continue to face.

Peter J. Pecora and Paul DiLorenzo - Casey Family Programs,

This document from Casey Family Programs reviews data on Family Resource Centers and other family support services in the US.