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Program B: Child Welfare Services

Program Authorization: R.S. 36:477

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of Child Welfare Services is to provide for the public child welfare functions of the state, including but not limited to, child protective services; making permanent plans for foster children and meeting the daily maintenance needs of food, shelter, clothing, necessary physical medical services, school supplies, and incidental personal needs; and adoption placement services for children freed for adoption.

The goals of the Child Welfare Services Program are:

1. Ensure safety of children by protecting them from caretaker abuse.

2. Ensure well-being of children through a focus on stability and promotion of healthy development.

3. Ensure permanency for children in state custody through timely placements in permanent homes.

The Child Welfare Services Program also administers the federal grants for energy assistance and weatherization services for low-income persons and other such programs assigned by the Secretary.

Approximately 2,628 children enter foster care each year. Approximately ninety-eight percent of those entering the foster care system is because of suspected child abuse, neglect or exploitation. State courts place approximately 2,500 children into the custody of the Office of Community Services each year, resulting in an ongoing foster care population of approximately 6,100 children.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. The Office of Community Services, through its Child Welfare Services Program, will decrease the number of children entering out-of-home care by 5% as a result of valid findings of abuse/neglect by providing an integrated range of preventive services to at-risk families by the end of the year 2000.

2. The Office of Community Services, through its Child Welfare Services Program, will decrease the child protection intervention worker caseload to 10 new investigations per month by October, 1999 to provide for timely responses and completion of investigations.

1 Ninety-three percent of allocated staff was on board in fiscal year 1996-97.

3. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services, through its Child Welfare Services Program, will assure that adequate care is provided for every child in the agency's custody in the least restrictive setting appropriate to meet the needs of the child.

4. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services, through its Child Welfare Services Program, will reduce the average time children spend in foster care, the number of replacements a child has while in foster care and the number of valid protective services investigations in foster homes.

1 These are new performance indicators. Data will be collected during FY 1998-99 to establish baseline data.

5. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services, through its Child Welfare Services Program, will increase by 5% the timely provision of annual medical evaluations for foster children.

1 These are new performance indicators. Data will be collected during FY 1998-99 to establish baseline data.

6. The Office of Community Services, through the Child Welfare Services Program, will increase adoptions by 15% by the year 2000 for the children with special needs who are freed for adoptions in FY 1998-99.

7. The Office of Community Services, through its Child Welfare Services Program, will increase by 5% the number of children exiting the system due to reunification with family, guardianship by non-relative, kinship care (relative custody) or adoption within two years of entering care by the year 2000.

1 These are new performance indicators. Data will be collected during FY 1998-99 to establish baseline data.

8. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Community Services, through its Child Welfare Services Program, will provide timely training for staff in accordance with state law.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with general fund, self-generated revenues, interagency transfers and federal funds. The self-generated revenues are from parental contributions. The interagency transfers are received from: (1) the Office of Family Support for services to Refugee Unaccompanied Minors, and (2) the Office of Family Support for Child Care Services via the Child Care and Development Block Grant. The federal funds are from: (1) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), (2) Title IV-E, (3) Title IV-E Independent Living, (4) Title IV-B - Part 1, (5) Title IV-B - Part 2, (6) Child Abuse Neglect Grant, (7) Children's Justice Act Grant, (8) Social Security Income (SSI), (9) Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), (10) Post Legal Adoption Grant, and (11) the Title XX Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$76,040,014

$186,180,240

2,110

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$7,007,025

0

 

Carryforward of Social Services Block Grant for Child Welfare services ($2,318,280); Family Preservation services ($3,290,587); Child Abuse & Neglect services ($539,363); Children's Justice services ($105,000); Title IV-E for Juvenile services ($753,795); all are for purchases that could not be liquidated prior to June 30, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$76,040,014

$193,187,265

2,110

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

0

(7,007,025)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforward for Social Services Block Grant for Child Welfare services ($2,318,280); Family Preservation services ($3,290,587); Child Abuse & Neglect services ($539,363); Children's Justice services ($105,000); Title IV-E for Juvenile services ($753,795); all are for purchases that could not be liquidated prior to June 30, 1997

$826,594

$150,865

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Nonrecurring: -$715,570; Replacement/New: +$1,542,164)

$983,424

$1,347,156

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$1,006,613

$1,378,922

0

 

1998-'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($1,267,413)

($1,736,182)

(52)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

$1,009,720

$1,383,178

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($168,913)

($337,826)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($5,321)

($7,495)

0

 

Rent in State-owned Building Adjustment(s)

($124,049)

($174,717)

0

 

Maintenance of State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

$392,415

$537,556

0

 

Annualization of Child Protection Investigation (CPI) staff that were funded for nine months in FY 1997-98

$217,655

$298,157

0

 

Annualization of Foster Care staff that were funded for nine months in FY 1997-98

$76,128

$152,256

0

 

Retirees Increase Adjustment(s)

$1,283,652

$1,814,525

0

 

Placement and Treatment beds for children with multiple disabling conditions

$11,688

$20,481

0

 

Transfer Rent and Maintenance payments from Administration program to Child Welfare program

$100,000

$100,000

0

 

Transfer funding from Community Based program for enhanced Foster Care services

 

 

 

 

 

$80,382,187

$191,107,116

2,058

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$4,342,173

($2,080,149)

(52)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 98.9% of the existing operating budget. It represents 88.7% of the total request ($215,541,476) for this program. The major changes reflected in the analysis of recommendation include: decreased funding for nonrecurring carryforwards totaling ($7,007,025); decreased funding reflecting personnel reduction of (52) positions totaling ($1,267,413); net decrease in funding for acquisitions and major repairs totaling ($763,635); increased funding for all 2,058 recommended positions totaling $2,726,078; increased funding to reflect an anticipated attrition factor of 3.5% totaling $1,383,178; increased funding for the annualized cost of 60 Child Protection Investigation (CPI) staff that were funded for nine months in FY 1997-'98 totaling $537,556; increased funding for the annualized cost of 40 Foster Care support staff that were funded for nine months in FY 1997-'98 totaling $217,655; and increased funding for placement and treatment beds for children with multiple disabling conditions totaling $1,184,525.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$101,331

 

Legal services for legal opinions and advice to Child Protection Investigation staff

 

 

 

$101,331

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$691,817

 

Attorney Fees awarded by courts in Child Protection and/or Foster Care cases

$10,025,709

 

Adoption subsidy payments that enable families to adopt special needs children who might otherwise not realize a permanent home through adoption

$3,377,864

 

Child Protection Investigations (CPI) and Family Services for services that include medical examinations, psychological examinations, and other services that allow staff to respond to reports of abuse and neglect; and for services to families to address problems which could lead to the maltreatment of children

$2,100,000

 

Day Care services to infants, preschool, and school age children who have been identified as being at-risk of abuse and/or neglect and possible removal from their families

$5,269,545

 

Family Preservation services that include providing parenting classes, medical screening at birth to at-risk children, home visitation, intervention in school system to at-risk youth, and other social services

$71,830,396

 

Foster Care Adoption services including: daily board rates for children in foster homes, daily board rates for "special needs" children in foster homes, daily board rates to residential facilities for children with extraordinary needs, payments to part-time foster parents, specialized foster family care payments, medical care, clothing, emergency shelter, reunification assistance, physical exams, subsidized adoption payments, transitional living services, foster/adoption home recruitment, etc.

 

 

 

 

$350,000

 

Home Development services that allow for the recruitment, screening and training of families to assure the availability of an adequate number of foster family homes and adoptive homes for children entering foster care

$443,106

 

Miscellaneous - Child Abuse and Neglect Grant for services and staff support in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and/or neglect

$150,713

 

Miscellaneous - Children's Justice Grant for services to establish and operate a program to improve the handling of child abuse and/or neglect cases in a manner which limits the additional trauma to children

$500,000

 

Miscellaneous - General Fund match via a Department of Health and Hospitals waiver for residential services for foster children to be funded using Medicaid

$1,150,000

 

Families In Need of Services (FINS) program to continue the development of a statewide court-supervised system of early interagency cooperative service intervention, designed to plan and provide services needed by families who are at-risk of requiring court adjudication

$75,000

 

Miscellaneous - Legal fees involved in foster care litigation

$1,913,254

 

Training services for clients and staff related to foster care, child protection investigations or some other child welfare function

 

 

 

$97,877,404

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$4,110,000

 

Department of Corrections for Title IV-E social services related to child maintenance

$510,035

 

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) for Non-Medicaid services

$83,662

 

Division of Administration for printing of forms, manuals, letterhead, etc.

$245,893

 

Division of Administration for maintenance of state-owned buildings

$278,852

 

Division of Administration for rent of state-owned buildings

$555,710

 

Office of Family Support for shared costs

$180,946

 

DSS - Office of the Secretary for purchase of supplies

$63,018

 

DSS - Office of the Secretary for indirect costs

$137,351

 

Secretary of State for microfilming

 

 

 

$6,165,467

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$1,187,781

 

Replacement of obsolete, damaged, or inoperative equipment

$914,500

 

Replacement of 54 vehicles

 

 

 

$2,102,281

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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