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  • Tribal Courts and Child Welfare: Partnering With Tribal Social Services (New)

    Published: February 15, 2019
    Child welfare and social services agencies must work in collaboration with juvenile and family courts. Both are responsible for protecting children and ensuring their safety, health, and well-being. Tribal courts may take their roles farther when working with their Tribe’s child welfare and social services departments by ensuring culturally competent services are provided to strengthen families and support reunification.
  • Tribal Courts and Child Welfare: Revising Your Children’s Code

    Published: January 18, 2019
    A Children’s Code authorizes a court to provide protection for children and potentially intervene for the general welfare of a child whose health, welfare, and safety are at risk. Children’s Codes provide definitions of abuse and neglect and contain laws pertaining to abuse and neglect reports and investigations.
  • Housing’s Critical Connection to Child Welfare — Part 2

    Published: January 8, 2019
    Families and children make up approximately one-third of the homeless population in the United States. These families are at greater risk of entering the child welfare system and face greater challenges in working toward reunification than families involved in child welfare who have stable housing. Child welfare agencies struggle in helping families manage both case plans and housing challenges. By connecting with community housing partners and local housing authorities, agencies can reduce the barriers families may face in obtaining affordable housing and help those families sustain their new home over time.
  • Letter to Update Child Welfare Directors on the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

    Published: January 2, 2019
    Letter to update Child Welfare Directors on the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse
  • Formative Evaluation Toolkit

    Published: December 31, 2018
    This toolkit, which is primarily intended for child welfare agencies and professionals to use in partnership with their evaluators, introduces the concept of formative evaluation, a method for evaluating programs during early implementation in order to inform program improvement and assess readiness for rigorous summative evaluation.
  • Tribal Courts and Child Welfare: Adapting to Child Welfare Cases

    Published: December 17, 2018
    Transitioning or expanding a jurisdiction’s capability to adjudicate child welfare civil cases means courts must both prepare their judicial and court staff to handle a different type of civil case as well as to develop new or strengthen current relationships with caseworkers; practitioners; service providers; and, at times, other court systems.
  • PI-18-10

    Published: November 30, 2018
    This Program Instruction (PI) provides instructions to tribal title IV-E agencies administering or supervising the administration of title IV-E under sections 479B and 471(a) of the Act on the title IV-E prevention program requirements. PI-18-10 Attachment A: Children’s Bureau Regional Program Managers Attachment B: Tribal title IV-E prevention program five-year plan pre-print (pdf) Attachment B: Tribal title IV-E prevention program five-year plan pre-print (word) Attachment I. Tribal title IV-E prevention program reporting assurance Attachment II. Tribal title IV-E agency request for waiver Attachment III. Tribal title IV-E agency assurance of trauma-informed service-delivery
  • PI-18-11

    Published: November 30, 2018
    This program instruction provides instructions on how title IV-E agencies may participate in this new title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program. PI-18-11 Attachment A: Children’s Bureau Regional Program Managers Attachment B: Title IV-E Plan Pre-Print Attachment XII - Kinship Navigator Program Attachment C: Clearinghouse initial practice criteria
  • PI-18-12

    Published: November 30, 2018
    Topics: Program Instructions (PI), Title IV-E Programs Quarterly Financial Report, Form CB-496; Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS); Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) rate; Federal Financial Participation (FFP); Federal Fiscal Year (FFY); and On-Line Data Collection (OLDC) PI-18-12 Attachment A - Children’s Bureau Regional Program Managers and ACF Regional Grants Officers Attachment B - Copy of the Form CB-496 Attachment C - Instructions to complete Form CB-496
  • Notice of biennial publication of allotment percentages for States under the Title IV–B subpart 1, Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program (Volume 83, Number 230)

    Published: November 29, 2018
    This notice from the Federal Register announces the allotment percentage for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 for each state under the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program authorized by title IV-B, subpart 1 of the Social Security Act (the Act). The allotment percentages are one of the factors used in the computation of the federal grants awarded under the program. The law requires the Department of Health and Human Services to publish the allotment percentages every two years.

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