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Foster Care LibertyChatham Counties of Georgia According to Murray 2000 although the Department of Health and Human Services DFCS is the principle federal agency that funds child welfare services eight other federal agencies also fund programs related to child welfare Funding is then provided to states community-based organizations academic institutions and other grantees The states must then match federal funding with their own spending It is then dispersed within the local counties of that state The title IV-B accounts for 5 percent of all federal child welfare spending The Title IV-E represents the largest source of child welfare funding accounting for 48 percent of all federal child welfare funding It is estimated that the federal Foster Care expenditures to be 46 billion in FY 2003 The maintenance payments usually account for about half of the IV-E Foster Care expenditures with placement administrative and training costs accounting for the other half Murray 2000 states that the Foster Care program is a capped state entitlement program permanently authorized at 140 million The program also has a discretionary component specifically for education and training vouchers Funding for this component is authorized at 60 million but subject to the annual appropriations process The program requires a 20 percent nonfederal match States have flexibility to spend program funds on a broad array of independent living services for children who are likely to remain in foster care until age 18 or former foster youth up to age 21 Murray 2000 The funding is dispersed to local counties within the state on certain percentages and criteria of need within each county Two counties in Georgia Chatham and Liberty were chosen to determine the differences in polices of services funding and the delivery of the services to the client population Foster care is a state program that provides temporary substitute homes for children whose families cannot provide a safe and nurturing environment for them Children come into the custody of DFCS for
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