This webinar was the seventh session in the AFCARS Final Rule Training Series. For this webinar, the Children's Bureau shared two new Technical Bulletins:
Technical Bulletin 22: Reporting Population and Data Extraction
Technical Bulletin 23: Compliance and Data Quality
And a revised version of the previously released Technical Bulletin 21:File Structure and Encryption. There was also an opportunity to continue to ask questions so that the Children’s Bureau may develop relevant technical assistance resources. We encourage you to submit any questions to AFCARS@acf.hhs.gov.
This report provides the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAPs) for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 as well as relevant per capita income data for tribes expressing interest in operating title IV-E programs.
This Information Memorandum (IM) urges all state and tribal title IV-E agencies, courts, administrative offices of the courts, and Court Improvement Programs to work together to ensure that parents, children and youth, and child welfare agencies, receive high quality legal representation at all stages of child welfare proceedings, and to maximize allowable title IV-E administrative reimbursement for children who are candidates for title IV-E foster care or who are in title IV-E foster care and their parent(s) in foster care legal proceedings.
This Program Instruction (PI) provides guidance to state, territorial and tribal title IV-E agencies on the actions required to apply for title IV-B, subpart 2 funding to support the development, enhancement or evaluation of kinship navigator programs.
This Program Instruction (PI) provides guidance to agencies administering title IV-B, subpart 1 of the Social Security Act (the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program) on the actions required to apply for a one-time Family First Prevention Services Act Transition Grant.
This Information Memorandum (IM) provides information to grantees on the formula used to calculate allotments under the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (Chafee program), including information on adjustments to Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 awards and information on allotments calculated for FY 2020.
This Program Instruction (PI) provides guidance to Indian Tribes, Indian Tribal Organizations and Indian Tribal Consortia (hereafter “tribes,” unless otherwise noted) on actions they are required to take to receive their allotments for Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 (subject to the availability of appropriations) authorized under title IV-B, subparts 1 and 2, and Chafee and ETV programs.
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.
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.