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Highlights and Trends in Fiscal Year 2011

Social Work Service Programs

The Department’s Foster Care program served 153 children in Fiscal Year 2011, compared with 169 in FY 2010, a decrease of 10%.  This is the second year that this caseload has seen a 10% decline.  The reduction is attributable in part to the success of the department’s Foster Care Prevention services, which served 84 children in 2011 and prevented foster care for 92% of them. 

Activity in the Child Protective Services program increased in FY 2011.  There were 286 investigations and family assessments initiated from reports of suspected abuse or neglect, up 14% from the prior year, and 106 of those cases were found to require the Department’s intervention to protect children, a decrease of 4%. 

There was a sharp increase in the number of adoptions finalized during this fiscal year.  There were 15 finalizations in FY 2011 and 3 in FY 2010.

Public Assistance Benefit Programs

The department continued to see an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which served 230 more households on average per month than in FY2010, an increase of 9%, marking the fourth straight year of caseload growth.    

The caseload for the employment services component of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program increased for the second consecutive year, up 6% from 2010, from 170 to 181 average cases per month.  The average hourly wage for VIEW participants employed remained unchanged at  $8.46. 

Click the links below for more information on the department's programs and for financial reports.

Adult Protective Services
Adult Services Program
Auxiliary Grants
Financial Report
Financial Report - Direct Services and Administration
Financial Report -Financial Aid and Purchased Services
Child Day Care
Child Protective Services
• Foster Care
Foster Care Prevention
School-Based Family Support Services
General Relief
Independent Living
Low Income Energy Assistance Program
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
TANF Diversionary Assistance