Susan V. Mangold and Catherine Cerulli presented the poster, Follow the Money: The Impact of Federal, State and Local Funding Strategies for Child Welfare Services and the Impact of Local Levies on Adoptions in Ohio (Download Follow the Money):
Professor Mangold is a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, where she has taught since 1995. She has developed and taught the following classes: Civil Procedure, Child Welfare Law, Child Welfare Law II, Introduction to Family Violence, Family Law Colloquium, Family Law II, State as Custodian, Reform Advocacy, and Introduction to Law. She has published articles such as Poor Enough to Be Eligible? Child Abuse, Neglect, and the Poverty Requirement, 81 St. John's L. Rev. 575 (2007), Transgressing the Border Between Protection and Empowerment for Domestic Violence Victims and Older Children: Empowerment a Protection in the Foster Care System, 36 New Eng. L. Rev. 69 (2001), and Protection, Privatization and Profit in the Foster Care System, 60 Ohio St. L. J. 1295 (1999).
Professor Cerulli is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry and Director of Research at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law. Her publications include When Answers Precede Questions: Megan's Laws' Uncertain Policy Consequences (with Jim Acker) Criminal Law Bulletin, May-June 1998, Accommodating Death Penalty Legislation: Personal and Professional Views of Assistant District Attorneys Toward Capital Punishment (with Lisa Callahan and Jim Acker) American Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol.25, No. 1, Fall 2000, and Threatened and attempted suicide by partner-violent men petitioned to Family Violence Court (with Ken Conner, Violence and Victims, Vol.17, No. 2, April 2002).
The poster is connected to the two professors' forthcoming (in the Capital University Law Review) article of the same name. Here is the abstract:
Our research considers the impact of public money on the outcomes for children and their families in the child welfare system. Our poster display provides a comprehensive historical review of the federal laws mandating the delivery of services at the state and local levels including the fiscal policies accompanying the federal mandates. Our research takes a new focus on local fiscal strategies to determine if they have a disparate impact on children residing in different communities. In particular, we consider the use of dedicated tax levies by approximately half of the 88 counties in Ohio. Using ten years of data provided by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), our poster depicts how the use of levies alters the number of children in care over time, as well as the number of adoptions and the median number of days that children await adoption. Our data shows a positive correlation between dedicated tax levies and improved outcomes for children.