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8.3C  TITLE IV-E, Foster Care Maintenance Payments Program, State Plan/Procedural Requirements

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Question 1.  
For what population of children must the section 422 protections be provided?
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Question 2.  
Please explain the requirements with respect to case plans and the case review system at section 475 of the Social Security Act (the Act) for a child and his/her minor parent in foster care.
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Question 3.  
Section 471(a)(26) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires the State to conduct and complete an interstate home study and return a report on the results of the study within 60 days (or 75 days under certain circumstances). Must the State include the results of the criminal background checks and child abuse registry checks on the prospective foster or adoptive family required by section 471(a)(20) of the Act in the 60-day report?
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Question 4.  
How will ACF determine compliance with the interstate home study requirements in section 471(a)(26) of the Social Security Act (the Act)?
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Question 5.  
Section 471(a)(26)(A)(i) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires States to complete out-of-State home studies within 60 days, or 75 days in limited circumstances. Are the time limits of section 471(a)(26)(A)(i) of the Act based on business or calendar days?
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Question 6.  
Section 471(a)(26)(A)(i) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that States complete out-of-State home studies within 60 days, or 75 days in limited circumstances. At what point does the 60 or 75-day timeframe begin?
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Question 7.  
Section 471(a)(26)(A)(i) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that within 60 days of having received an interstate home study request from another State, the responding State conduct and complete the study and return a report to the requesting State. If the home study request is incomplete when it is received and additional information is required, when does the statutory 60-day timeframe begin?
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Question 8.  
Under section 471(a)(26)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act), the law requires a State receiving an out-of-State home study request to "directly or by contract" complete the home study. Does the statute permit either the responding or requesting State to contract with a private agency for an interstate home study?
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Question 9.  
Do Indian Tribes have to operate the title IV-B programs to operate a title IV-E program?
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Question 10.  
Amendments to sections 475(1)(B) and (D), 475(5)(B-C))and section 475A of the Social Security Act (the Act) expand the case review and case plan requirements to prohibit a title IV-B/IV-E agency from providing a plan of another planned permanent living arrangement (APPLA) for youth under age 16 and also includes other changes to APPLA plans. When do these changes to the Act apply to children under age 16 already in the system as of the effective date of the provisions?
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