State & Tribal Funding

The Children's Bureau provides matching funds to states, tribes, and communities to help them operate every aspect of their child welfare systems—from the prevention of child abuse and neglect to the support of permanent placements through adoption and subsidized guardianship.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - A government-wide compendium of all federal programs that provide assistance or benefits to the American public

Title IV-E Programs

Title IV-E of the Social Security Act provides funds for states and tribes to provide foster care, transitional independent living programs for children, guardianship assistance, and adoption assistance for children with special needs. Funds are available under title IV-E for the following:

Title IV-E Foster Care - Assistance with costs of foster care for eligible children and associated administrative and training costs

Title IV-E Adoption Assistance - Financial and medical assistance for the adoption of children with special needs and associated administrative and training costs

Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance - Financial and medical assistance for guardianship of eligible children and associated administrative and training costs

John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program - Funds to help older youth in foster care and former foster care youth acquire training and independent living skills so they can become self-sufficient

Title IV-B Programs

Funds are available to states and tribes to promote flexibility in the development and expansion of coordinated child and family services programs that utilize community-based agencies, family support services, family preservation services, adoption promotion and support services, and time-limited family reunification services and that ensure all children are raised in safe, loving families. Funds are available under title IV-B for the following:

Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program: Title IV-B, Subpart 1, of the Social Security Act - Funds to support preventive intervention, alternative placements, and reunification efforts to keep families together

Promoting Safe and Stable Families: Title IV-B, Subpart 2 of the Social Security Act - Funds to assist with family support, family preservation and support, time-limited family reunification services, and services to support adoptions

Court Improvement Program - Funds for improving courts' handling of child abuse and neglect litigation

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Programs

CAPTA State Grants - Assistance to improve state child protective service systems

Community-Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (CBCAP) - Support for community-based, prevention-focused programs and activities

Children's Justice Act - Funds for improving the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect


Last Reviewed: June 15, 2015