Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A six-session group-based intervention, facilitated by paraprofessionals, for youth in foster care as they transition to middle school to prevent internalizing and externalizing problems that may lead to more serious longer term outcomes such as delinquency, substance use, and high-risk sexual behavior. Foster parents also attend a six-session program.
As a program designed for foster or kinship caregivers with young people aged 12-17 years, KEEP SAFE is designed to increase the parenting skills of foster and kinship caregivers, decrease the number of placement disruptions, improve child outcomes and increase the number of positive placement changes. KEEP SAFE can potentially be supported by child welfare funding streams, Medicaid and fees for service.
Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds
The child welfare system is a potential source of funding for KEEP SAFE. Funds from system-wide savings accrued from stabilizing placements, reducing foster parent attrition, and maintaining youth with caregivers upon their return from foster care can be reinvested in the KEEP SAFE program.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
State and local child welfare funding sources are key sources of support for the KEEP SAFE program. States that are building KEEP SAFE into their ongoing training of foster parents have built support for KEEP SAFE into their child welfare budgets.
Maximizing Federal Funds
- Some localities have successfully accessed Medicaid to cover the cost of the program for qualifying participants; individual sessions of the group are documented for payment by Medicaid.
- Title IV-E training dollars are federal matching funds to support training of child welfare professionals, as wells as foster parents, and prospective adoptive parents and guardians. States can potentially claim federal IV-E matching funds for ongoing KEEP SAFE training. Title IV-E reimburses 75% of allowable training costs.
Formula Funds: Title IV-B is the primary federal block grant supporting child welfare preservation and prevention services. Title IV-B can be used fairly flexibly to support a range of child welfare services and could potentially be used to pay for initial training and/or ongoing costs of KEEP SAFE training.
Discretionary Grants: Federal discretionary grants from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (DHHS, ACF) can be used to cover the costs of initial training, consultations, certification and training of trainers.
Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships
Foundations, especially those with a stated interest in the well-being of vulnerable children in foster care, can provide funding for initial training and staffing, as well as meeting space.