A new report for the Children’s Bureau presents findings from a national study of the Title IV-E waiver program, which allowed states to test approaches to reforming child welfare and improving child safety, permanency, and well-being.
The goal of the study was to understand the waiver jurisdictions’ collective experience of implementing their demonstrations and operating with increased fiscal flexibility. The findings suggest that this flexibility resulted in positive changes as the jurisdictions approached the end of the waiver authority and prepared to engage with the prevention and child welfare financing opportunities of the Family First Prevention Services Act.
The study was conducted as part of the Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E Waiver Demonstrations project. JBA has supported states with waivers since 1998.