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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Ron Haskins - The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science,

This article provides an overview of the funding streams that finance the U.S. child welfare system, reviews the federal legislation since 1970 that has led to the current funding structure, and ends with a discussion of how the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 has the potential to create better outcomes for children and families by promoting prevention activities and program support with strong evidence of success.

Changing The Way We Care,

This guidance is designed to strengthen the capacity of government agencies in low resource settings to prepare a sound budgetary framework for policies, programs and services that aim to keep children in safe and nurturing family environments.

Changing the Way We Care,

This one-page technical brief accompanies a Guidance Note on public expenditure and children's care. It describes how to include government strategy to promote the better care of children in the public budget.

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, UNHCR, CP AoR, Save The Children,

This report builds on analysis undertaken in 2019 and incorporates 2019 and 2020 funding and additional funding streams related to refugee contexts to get an updated picture of the state of child protection funding in humanitarian contexts.

Better Care Network,

The Organizational Governance and Accountability Checklist is designed to help determine whether an organisation providing residential care services, and the principal donor (where the principal donor represents an entity), have sufficient governance and accountability structures in place to mitigate, manage and address risks or issues that may arise in the course of transitioning the model of care.

Rebecca L. Butcher, M. Kay Jankowski, Eric D. Slade - Children and Youth Services Review,

A cost analysis was conducted as part of a 5-year, federally funded statewide demonstration project to install universal trauma screening in one U.S. state’s child welfare system.

Ghazal Keshavarzian & Joel Borgström - Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond,

This article will make a case for investing in families and communities rather than orphanages by putting a spotlight on ECFG member investments in Asia.

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.

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. 

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’.