Regulatory Actions

Executive branch agencies, such as the Children’s Bureau, may develop regulations to provide more specific guidance on how a piece of legislation will be interpreted and implemented. Regulations are published in the Federal Register, and the public often is given the opportunity to comment on them. This page contains both regulations and notices for public comment.

Interim Final Rule: Tribal Child Welfare - Published in the Federal Register: January 6, 2012 (Volume 77, Number 4)
This interim final rule implements statutory provisions related to the tribal title IV–E program.  It amends federal regulations at 45 CFR 1355, including Appendices A-E, and 45 CFR 1356.

Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Reviews and Child and Family Services State Plan Reviews:

Title IV-B Tribal Consultation Meetings - Published in the Federal Register: February 21, 2012 (Volume 77, Number 34)
This is a request for public comment from Indian tribes and other interested parties concerning requirements applicable to the title IV-B Child and Family Services Plan.

Request for Public Comment and Consultation Meetings on AFCARS - Published in the Federal Register: July 23, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 141)
Due to the enactment of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-351) and the substantial changes it introduced in title IV-E, the Children's Bureau intends to issue a new AFCARS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the AFCARS regulations at 45 CFR 1355.40 and the appendices to part 1355. This document is a call for comments to inform development of the new NPRM. Parties should provide comments on or before October 21, 2010.

Title IV-E Tribal Consultation Meetings - Published in the Federal Register: March 13, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 48)
This is a request for public comment concerning requirements for transferring children from the placement and care responsibility of a state title IV-E agency to a tribal title IV-E agency. It also addresses the tribal share of title IV-E administration and training expenditures.

Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS); Proposed Rule - Published in the Federal Register: January 11, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 8)
This NPRM proposes numerous improvements to AFCARS data, including changes to the reporting populations, data structure, elements, compliance determination, and penalty provisions. The AFCARS NPRM is a proposal at this time; therefore, existing AFCARS requirements and procedures remain in effect.

Final Rule: National Youth In Transition Database - Published in the Federal Register: February 26, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 38)
This final rule adds new regulations to require states to collect and report data to ACF on youth who are receiving independent living services and on the outcomes of certain youth who are in foster care or who age out of foster care. This final rule implements the data collection requirements of the Foster Care Independence Act, which was enacted in 1999.

45 CFR Part 95-Draft - State Systems Advance Planning Document (APD) Process. The APD process governs the procedure by which states obtain approval for federal financial participation in the cost of acquiring automated data processing equipment and services. This final rule reduces the submission requirements for lower-risk information technology (IT) projects and procurements and increases oversight over higher-risk IT projects and procurements by making technical changes, conforming changes, and substantive revisions in the documentation required to be submitted by states, counties, and territories for approval of their IT plans and acquisition documents. It was enacted on October 28, 2010.

Code of Federal Regulations (maintained by the Government Printing Office)

Office of Family Assistance (Assistance Programs) Part 205 General Assistance Hearings

Office of Family Assistance (Assistance Programs) Part 235 Administration of Financial Assistance Programs

Title 45 - Public Welfare Chapter XIII - Office of Human Development Services