The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just released their latest annual report on child welfare expenditures. States are required to annually submit planned and actual spending on child welfare programs to HHS. In turn, HHS is required to compile and report on the data to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance. The 2011 reauthorization of IV-B of the Social Security Act further requires HHS to provide national totals for IV-B in this report.
The report shows that states planned most of their FY 2012 IV-B Part 1, Child Welfare Services (CWS), expenditures for protective services and family preservation. As required by statute, states planned to distribute FY 2012 IV-B Part 2, Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF), funds fairly evenly among the four service categories of family support, family preservation, time-limited family reunification, and adoption promotion. In FY 2009, actual PSSF expenditures were similar with some variation at the state level. The report concludes that IV-B provides important flexible funding for critical services with a small percent of administrative costs.