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About Children's - Summary

How We Serve Our Clients

Children's Administration staff in 46 field offices work with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services which support families and assure safety and well-being for children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement, and assure safety and permanency for children in care.

Services to support families who are in crisis and at risk of disruption and services to care for children in placement are provided primarily by community agencies and foster parents. Over 60 percent of the Children's Administration budget is used to fund services provided by non-employees, with over 50 percent of the total budget used for contracted client and professional services and 14 percent of the total budget for cost reimbursement to foster parents. In addition, private child placing agencies provide adoption services and foster care to some youth in the custody of the Children's Administration.

Local community partnership

We collaboratively plan our services with Tribes and work together with a variety of interested local organizations and governmental entities to determine unmet client needs and plan for efficient service delivery. We work with regional service networks, community-based service providers, and community networks to provide quality services to meet the unique needs of families. Community Child Protection Teams and Child Fatality Review Teams review high-risk cases and provide a foundation for a community response to meet client needs and improve local systems supporting families and protecting children.

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