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8.4B TITLE IV-E, General Title IV-E Requirements, Aliens/Immigrants

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Question Number 9:
06/14/2013 - Current
Question*Are title IV-E agencies required to verify the citizenship or immigration status of individuals receiving services or payments under title IV-E?
AnswerTitle IV-E agencies are required to verify the citizenship or immigration status of all children receiving Federal foster care maintenance payments, adoption assistance payments, or independent living services.

Title IV-E agencies are not required to verify the citizenship or alien status of foster or adoptive parents, with one exception. Title IV-E agencies must verify the citizenship or immigrant status of potential foster or adoptive parents when placing a qualified alien child who entered the United States on or after 8/22/96 and has been in the United States as a qualified alien for less than five years. In order to be exempt from the five year residency requirement imposed at section 403 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, a qualified alien child must be placed with a citizen or a qualified alien; hence, citizenship/alien status of prospective foster or adoptive parents must be verified in such circumstances.

Source/DateACYF-CB-PIQ-99-01 (1/14/99) (revised 6/6/13)
Legal and Related ReferencesSocial Security Act - Title IV-E; The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PL 104-193)

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06/11/2013 - 06/14/2013
Question*Are title IV-E agencis required to verify the citizenship or immigration status of individuals receiving services or payments under title IV-E?
Answer*Title IV-E agencies are required to verify the citizenship or immigration status of all children receiving Federal foster care maintenance payments, adoption assistance payments, or independent living services.

Title IV-E agencies are not required to verify the citizenship or alien status of foster or adoptive parents, with one exception. Title IV-E agencies must verify the citizenship or immigrant status of potential foster or adoptive parents when placing a qualified alien child who entered the United States on or after 8/22/96 and has been in the United States as a qualified alien for less than five years. In order to be exempt from the five year residency requirement imposed at section 403 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, a qualified alien child must be placed with a citizen or a qualified alien; hence, citizenship/alien status of prospective foster or adoptive parents must be verified in such circumstances.

Source/Date*ACYF-CB-PIQ-99-01 (1/14/99) (revised 6/6/13)
Legal and Related ReferencesSocial Security Act - Title IV-E; The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PL 104-193)

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05/06/2001 - 06/11/2013 (Original Record)
QuestionAre States required to verify the citizenship or immigration status of individuals receiving services or payments under title IV-E?
AnswerStates are required to verify the citizenship or immigration status of all children receiving Federal foster care maintenance payments, adoption assistance payments, or independent living services.

States are not required to verify the citizenship or alien status of foster or adoptive parents, with one exception. States must verify the citizenship or immigrant status of potential foster or adoptive parents when placing a qualified alien child who entered the United States on or after 8/22/96 and has been in the United States as a qualified alien for less than five years. In order to be exempt from the five year residency requirement imposed at section 403 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, a qualified alien child must be placed with a citizen or a qualified alien; hence, citizenship/alien status of prospective foster or adoptive parents must be verified in such circumstances.

Source/DateACYF-CB-PIQ-99-01 (1/14/99)
Legal and Related ReferencesSocial Security Act - Title IV-E; The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PL 104-193)

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