In fiscal year (FY) 2018, states spent an estimated $27.1 billion dollars on child welfare services, including direct service provisions and administrative costs. Comparatively, in 2013 states spent approximately $22.9 billion on child welfare funds. This is an increase in more than 15% in funds. Nationwide, the state with the largest budget cut from 2013 to 2018 was Hawaii, which saw a 94% decrease in budget. Similarly, South Carolina experienced an 84% decrease in budget, followed by Colorado with a 65% decrease in budget. However, three states (Indiana, Wisconsin, and Vermont) reported significant budget increases over time. Between . . .
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