While challenges existed for all of these reform initiatives, benefits were also apparent for DCF, community agencies, and children and families. The consistent factor that posed limitations for every aspect of these initiatives was insufficient or unstable funding. Rural areas like Union County were hardest hit by funding limitations. The collaborative components of the DCF District 3 operations were striking, but these collaborations existed in the rural areas out of necessity. In these areas, funded services were sparse and children and families tended to best be served when all of the stakeholders in and around the community gathered their forces and worked together to ensure that their needs are accurately identified, understood, and addressed.