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Rethinking the State-Local Relationship: Child Welfare Services

Summary

Governor Jerry Brown’s January 2011 budget proposal sparked renewed interest in “realignment”—that is, in changing how the state and localities divide responsibility for programs and services. For child welfare services, successful realignment will depend upon state lawmakers finding ways to give counties discretion over funding—while helping them accomplish statewide goals.

This report is part of a PPIC series on rethinking the state-local relationship. The other reports in this series include:

This work is supported by funding from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and by contributions of unrestricted support to PPIC’s Donor Circle.

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