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This technical bulletin provides title IV-E agencies with information on the standards an AFCARS data file must meet to comply with the provisions of the AFCARS regulations found at 45 CFR §1355.41— §1355.47.

This technical bulletin addresses how to extract data for the Out-of-Home Care and Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Files defined in AFCARS Technical Bulletin #21. Additionally, this document includes guidance on extracting corrected files (previously referred to as subsequent files) after the required AFCARS reporting periods.

This technical bulletin provides agencies with information required to create the AFCARS data files.  It provides technical specifications on the structural layout of the XML data and shares the XML schema for the Out-of-Home Care File and the Adoption and Guardianship Assistance File.  It also covers information on encryption of the file records.

This technical assistance document provides guidance to title IV-E agencies about incorporating cloud service models, such as Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service into child welfare information systems. 

This document provides a summary table of the Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration projects active between 2012 to 2019

This webinar described the Division of State Systems' federal automated function repository called “Child welfare SoftWare and Artifacts Pool (C-SWAP)”, and its new feature, the State Technology Profile. The webinar covered the regulatory background of C-SWAP, benefits of C-SWAP, uploading of software to C-SWAP, and completing the State Technology Profile.

This report outlines State title IV-E demonstration waivers that allowed flexibility in the use of federal funds for alternative services and supports that promoted safety, permanency, and well-being for children in the child protection and foster care systems.

This report provides evaluation findings from child welfare demonstration projects implemented from the late 1990s through 2019 that promoted innovations in child welfare programs, services, policies, and financing. Program influences in federal child welfare legislation enacted over the past decade also are explored.

This Program Instruction (PI) instructs title IV-E agencies on actions needed to receive title IV-E Kinship Navigator funding under the provisions of Section 8, Division X of P.L. 116-260. These provisions authorize programmatic flexibility and enhanced funding for the period of April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

This Program Instruction (PI) provides instruction and guidance to title IV-B/ IV-E agencies and Court Improvement Program Grantees on actions required to address the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act which was enacted as Division X of P.L. 116-260, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.