Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Reviews Peer Reviewer Qualifications
The title IV-E Foster Care Program is authorized by title IV, Part E, of the Social Security Act, as amended. Title IV-E foster care funds enable title IV-E agencies (states and Tribes) to provide safe and stable out-of-home care for children until the children are safely returned home, placed with adoptive families, or placed in other planned living arrangements for permanency. The IV-E program is administered by the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Children’s Bureau conducts title IV-E foster care eligibility reviews (IV-E reviews) to monitor title IV-E agencies’ compliance with federally mandated requirements, to validate the accuracy of the title IV-E agency’s claims for reimbursement of title IV-E payments made on behalf of children placed in foster family homes and childcare institutions, and to identify improper payments. To that end, a IV-E review team, that can include peer reviewers, conducts case record reviews using the Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility On-Site Review Instrument and Instructions.
The Child Welfare Compliance Reviews Team of JBS International, Inc. assists the Children's Bureau in recruiting and maintaining a national peer reviewer pool of child welfare professionals who meet the established minimum education and experience requirements. The qualifications for individuals interested in participating as peer reviewers appear below:
Minimum Peer Reviewer Requirements
- Two years of direct field experience and/or supervisory, administrative, or management experience in a public (federal, state, local or Tribal) or private child welfare agency. This may include providing services or supervising, administering, or managing programs in any of the following: (1) IV-E eligibility, (2) foster care, (3) quality assurance, (4) program evaluation, and/or (5) program compliance.
- Bachelor's or Master's Degree in social work, human services, public administration, social sciences, or a closely related field, or 5 or more years of title IV-E (or title IV-A) program eligibility experience.
- Strong assessment skills, including the ability to (1) gather information from case records, (2) review the collection of information from various sources contained in the case records, (3) compile information obtained from various sources contained in the case records, and (4) make professional judgments regarding eligibility based on the information contained in the case records.
- Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
- Availability and willingness to travel outside the peer reviewer’s geographical area to participate in weeklong review activities.
Preferred Peer Reviewer Requirements
- Experience working with or evaluating title IV-E foster care programs.
- Master's Degree in social work, human services, public administration, social sciences, or a closely related field.
- Supervisory, administrative, and/or management experience in a public (federal, state, local, or Tribal) or private child welfare agency.
- Experience conducting quality assurance evaluations of child welfare programs.
Bilingual and Spanish-speaking applicants are encouraged to apply, along with those with Tribal experience.
For more information on the IV-E reviews please contact the Child Welfare Compliance Reviews Team.