Child Welfare: An Overview of Federal Programs and Their Current Funding. Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Emilie Stoltzfus. September 16, 2014.
Child welfare services are intended to prevent the abuse or neglect of children; ensure that children have safe, permanent homes; and promote the well-being of children and their families. As the U.S. Constitution has been interpreted, states bear the primary responsibility for ensuring the welfare of children and their families. In recent years, Congress has appropriated just above or below $8 billion in federal support dedicated to child welfare purposes.
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