Reform foster fundingChild Abuse & Neglect Federal Budget
By Bruce Lesley
It’s ironic that child abuse prevention legislation was vetoed (“Senator considering options on veto override on child welfare bill,” April 30) during national Child Abuse Prevention Month, but Washington is an obstacle to progress, too.
Federal foster care’s shrinking funding pool covers less than half of foster children today, and fewer by 2024. States tap other social services funding, but that just shifts resources from one set of kids and families to another. Worse yet, federal funding shortchanges prevention efforts that help parents manage mental health, substance abuse, financial distress and other abuse and neglect risk factors…