Research and analysis firm, RAND Corporation, developed a model to predict child welfare system utilization and the effects of increased spending on prevention and kinship care. Increasing targeted prevention efforts and making greater use of kinship care placement would decrease the number of child maltreatment episodes, improve young adulthood outcomes, and lead to a net cost reduction. The cost reductions of this spending change is estimated to be between three and seven percent, or approximately $5.2 billion to $10.5 billion, of total child welfare spending over a 23-year period.
These findings were reported by Jeanne S. Ringel . . .