A SACWIS/TACWIS is a comprehensive, automated case management tool that supports child welfare practice. A SACWIS/TACWIS is intended to hold a state’s official case record, which includes a complete, current, accurate, and unified case management history on all children and families served by the state’s or tribe’s title IV-B and title IV-E entities.

Federal Guidance Supporting the Inception of SACWIS/TACWIS

Public Law 103-66 - This legislation provided states with the opportunity to obtain 75 percent enhanced funding through title IV-E of the Social Security Act in order to plan, design, develop, and implement a SACWIS/TACWIS. This legislation made the enhanced funding available for federal fiscal years 1993 through 1996.

Public Law 104-193 - This legislation extended the SACWIS/TACWIS enhanced funding through federal fiscal year 1997. It also enhanced SACWIS/TACWIS cost allocation to states so that title IV-E would absorb all SACWIS/TACWIS costs for all children in foster care or who were adopted, regardless of their title IV-E eligibility.

Additional SACWIS/TACWIS Federal Guidance

Effective January 21, 1994 the Federal regulations at 45 CFR 1355.40 that implement Section 479 of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. These regulations are more commonly known as the "AFCARS regulations". As part of the regulation there are six appendices (A-F). These appendices include the data dictionary, error standards, and the penalty amounts that a title IV-E agency may be assessed if found out of compliance with the AFCARS standards. On January 6, 2012, Interim Final Rules were published that implement amendments made to title IV-E. As a result of these amendments conforming changes were made to the AFCARS regulation (and the appendices to Part 1355) that apply the same requirements for data collection and reporting to a Tribal title IV-E agency as are currently applied to a State title IV-E agency.

In addition to the statute and the regulation, the following policy documents have been issued by the Children's Bureau.