Governor and Senate: The Child and Family Reinvestment Account receives funds by reducing the foster care caseload. The November 2013 foster care caseload is projected to be higher than anticipated in the February 2013 forecast. As a result, $3.2 million in federal dollars from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families contingency fund are used to meet legislative appropriations for the Family Assessment Response (FAR) program. Implementation of the FAR program is expected to reduce future foster care caseloads.
Final: As of February 2014, actual and forecasted state foster care expenditures exceed those anticipated in the 2013-15 biennial budget. As a result, $3.8 million is unavailable in the Child and Family Reinvestment Account for FAR implementation. In place of these funds, $3.8 million in federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds are used to meet funding levels appropriated for FAR in the biennial budget.