The Federal Role in Funding Child Protection: How Eliminating the "Lookback" Could Help Texas
Scott McCown /(512) 320-0222 x 109
February 7, 2007
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Nationally, in 1998, more than half of the children in foster care were eligible for federal support, but, by 2005, fewer than half wereâ€"an estimated 35,000 fewer children. Experts project that the number of children eligible for support will continue to decline by about 5,000 a year. Many factors contribute to this decline, including changes in state policies and demographics. A new analysis by KIDS ARE WAITING: Fix Foster Care Now, led by The Pew Charitable Trusts, with CPPP as a partner, shows that part of the decline is the result of the federal â€ślookbackâ€ť policy. This policy makes a childâ€™s eligibility for federal funds dependent on whether their family would have qualified for support in 1996 under the rules of the now-defunct Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).