The Bedford Board of Supervisors in May 13 regular meeting on Monday night, approved a request for $1,225,000 in funds for services for foster children in the county. A portion of $8773,190 of this money will come from the state. This also includes a transfer of $351,810 from the contingency fund.
According to Bedford’s children’s services act (CSA) project coordinator Paul Baldwin, in 2014 76 children were served by the CSA program.
“This year we’ve served over 187 children through three quarters,” Baldwin said. “We still have three more months and many of those children have not been counted yet because we’re waiting to see if some of our foster care children will qualify for Title IV E funding.”
Baldwin said that the CSA program is currently maximizing as much money as it can, using its own money as a last resort. The program also receives 70 cents per dollar back on the services that it pays for.
“Our CSA program was recognized at the State CSA Coordinators Conference two weeks ago in Roanoke for winning the state award for the top program out of 132 localities,” Baldwin said. “We need to maintain eligibility, compliance and maximize reimbursement. We’re doing everything that we can to keep Bedford’s portion as low as possible in funding.”
-For more information, see the May 15 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-