OPEN MINDS, The Behavioral Health & Social Service Industry Analyst Industry News In state fiscal year 2000, states spent over $20 billion from federal, state, and local sources on child welfare services, which is 20% more than in 1998. Four states reported a decline of less than 10% in total spending while 13 states reported increases of more than 30%. This is according to a study released by the Urban Institute on December 18, 2002, entitled "The Cost of Protecting Vulnerable Children III: What Factors Affect States' Fiscal Decisions?" The report . . .
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