Child Welfare Waivers

Child Welfare Waivers

The Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration authority provides states with an opportunity to use federal funds more flexibly in order to test innovative approaches to child welfare service delivery and financing. Using this option, states can design and demonstrate a wide range of approaches to reforming child welfare and improving outcomes in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being.

Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects for Fiscal Years 2012-2014 ACYF-CB-IM-12-05 - This Information Memorandum invites title IV-E agencies to submit proposals for new Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects for consideration in fiscal years 2012 to 2014.

Summaries and Profiles of Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects
Technical Assistance Materials for Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects
Guidance and Template Documents for Approved Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects
Well-Being Outcome Measures and Instruments
Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Project Webinars
Synthesis Reports of Child Welfare Waiver Flexible Funding and Guardianship Demonstration Projects

Summaries and Profiles of Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects

Summary of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations (April 2013) - This document provides an overview of the Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects active as of Federal Fiscal Year 2012, including proposed service interventions and evaluation designs for individual projects.

Summary of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations (March 2012) - This document provides a description of the different types of demonstration projects, the research evaluation designs, and the status of individual projects active prior to Federal Fiscal Year 2012. It also includes links to individual states' progress and evaluation reports.

Summary Table of the Active Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations - This document provides a summary of the Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects active as of September 2013.

Summary Table of the Completed Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations as of April 2013 - This document provides a summary of the Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects completed as of April 2013.

Profiles of Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects  Volume I: Demonstrations Active between Federal Fiscal Years 1996-2012 (April 2013) - This document provides detailed information about the Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects active between federal fiscal years 1996-2012, including evaluation designs and outcome findings for individual projects.

Profiles of Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects  Volume II: Demonstrations Active as of  Federal Fiscal Years 2013 (April 2013) - This document provides detailed information about the Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects active as of federal fiscal year 2013, including evaluation designs and outcome findings for individual projects.

Technical Assistance Materials for Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects

The following technical assistance documents are designed to assist states in developing full proposals for a waiver demonstration project.

A Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Proposal Checklist - This is a tool to assist title IV-E agencies complete proposals for Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects.

Waiver Terms and Conditions Template for Capped Allocations - This document includes sample terms and conditions that describe which provisions of the Social Security Act and program regulations can be waived to allow states or tribes to operate a Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration project under a capped allocation methodology to establish the cost neutrality limit.

Waiver Terms and Conditions Template for Comparison Group - This document includes sample terms and conditions that describe which provisions of the Social Security Act and program regulations can be waived to allow states or tribes to operate a Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration project using a comparison group to establish the cost neutrality limit.

Commonly Asked Questions About Cost Neutrality - This document provides answers to commonly asked questions about the cost neutrality requirement of the Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects.

Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects - The Children’s Bureau supports a contract to provide evaluation technical assistance to title IV-E agencies in conducting evaluations of their child welfare waiver demonstrations. This document summarizes the technical assistance contract to assist title IV-E agencies in evaluating Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects, assist the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) in monitoring and reviewing the progress of these evaluations, and synthesize and disseminate findings from the evaluations.

Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects Helpful Resources - This document provides a list of resources to inform title IV-E agencies in the development and implementation of their Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects.

Evaluation Brief: Critical Issues in Evaluating Child Welfare Programs - This report examines several critical issues that have affected the evaluation efforts of many title IV-E agencies and reviews a range of strategies that states and tribes may consider to address these issues effectively.

Guidance and Template Documents for Approved Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects

Developmental Cost Plan Guidelines - This document provides guidelines for what should be included in the Developmental Cost Plan, which is typically due 30 days after the agency signs and accepts the waiver terms and conditions.

Initial Design and Implementation Report Guidance Document (Nov 2013) - This document explains the content to be included in the initial design and implementation report and subsequent quarterly progress reports.

Initial Design and Implementation Report and Subsequent Quarterly Progress Reports Templates - This template outlines what should be included in the Initial Design and Implementation Report and includes guidance for each heading. This report is typically due 90 days after the agency signs and accepts the waiver terms and conditions and serves as the first Quarterly Progress Report. This template outlines what should be included in the Quarterly Progress Report which is due every 90 days after the agency signs and accepts the waiver terms and conditions during the developmental phase (i.e., before implementation begins) and what should be included in the Semiannual Progress Report which is due every 180 days after implementation begins.

Demonstration Target Population Template (Nov 2013) - This document is not required to be completed by agencies, but it is intended to help them better understand the target population(s) to be served and may aid in the completion of the required Initial Design and Implementation Plan.

Demonstration Intervention Template (Nov 2013) - This document is not required to be completed by agencies, but it is intended to help them refine the project’s outcomes of interest and match interventions to these identified outcomes, both of which may aid in the completion of the required Initial Design and Implementation Plan.

SemiAnnual Progress Report Template (Nov 2013) - This template outlines what should be included in the Semiannual Progress Report which is due every 180 days after implementation begins.

Evaluation Plan Outline - This document outlines what should be included in the Evaluation Plan, which is due 90 days after the agency awards its evaluation contract.

Well-Being Outcome Measures and Instruments

Based on a review of the literature and discussions with experts in the field, ACYF and ACF’s Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation have compiled a list of screening and assessment instruments to measure child and adolescent well-being and trauma. The following tables provide information about instruments that may be useful to title IV-E agencies that are looking to implement or expand the use of screening and functional assessment for ongoing practice and waiver demonstration evaluations. The tables will be updated as more information becomes available on reliable and valid screening and assessment instruments that are applicable in a child welfare context.

Well-being Instruments for Early Childhood

Well-being Instruments for Middle Childhood and Adolescence

Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Project Webinars

Title IV-E Waiver Demonstrations: Overview of Evaluation Requirements and Considerations (June 6, 2012) - This presentation addresses the waiver authority, previous and current waiver evaluations, waiver evaluation requirements and expectations, and a review of well-being constructs, outcomes, and measurement tools.

National Town Hall on Child Welfare Webinar (May 28, 2012) - This presentation, which focused on promoting well-being by addressing the impact of trauma, was held by leadership from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services.

Synthesis Reports of Child Welfare Waiver Flexible Funding and Guardianship Demonstration Projects

Synthesis of Findings from the Title IV-E Flexible Funding Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations (2011) - This report is based on evaluation reports from and site visits to the following states regarding their title IV-E waivers to implement flexible funding demonstration projects: California, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Oregon.

Synthesis of Findings from the Subsidized Guardianship Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations (2011) - This report is based on evaluation reports submitted by the following states regarding their title IV-E waivers to implement subsidized guardianship demonstration projects: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Summary of Subsidized Guardianship Waiver Demonstrations (June 2010) - This report is based on evaluation reports submitted by the following states regarding their title IV-E waivers to implement subsidized guardianship demonstration projects: Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.