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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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.

Save the Children, Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) and The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action,

This desk review provides a picture of funding for the child protection sector over the period 2010–2018.

Taylor Fry - Government of NSW, Their Futures Matter,

This report, which was authored by Taylor Fry with support from Their Futures Matter (TFM) - a landmark reform of the Government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia to deliver improved outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families - and stakeholder agencies, presents key results and insights from the TFM Investment Model, an actuarial model of future outcomes and costs of providing key government services to children and young people in NSW.


This statement from Lumos outlines the organization's recommendations to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development regarding the institutionalization of children.

SOS Children’s Villages International ,

The content of this Call to Action comes from what was heard from young people with care experience as well as from the professionals working with them. It outlines three primary actions to realize careleavers' rights in the law and in practice and to allocate adequate funds for realizing these rights.

Fred Wulczyn, Sara Feldman, and Scott Huhr - Center for State Child Welfare Data, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago,

For this evaluation, the authors asked whether the rate of exit to permanency increased for children whose time in foster care in New York City coincided with when private foster care agencies reached the new reduced caseload target.