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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.

IM-20-08

Use of Title IV-E Programmatic Options to Improve Support to Relative Caregivers and the Children in Their Care.
December 29, 2020

In response to the Executive Order 13930, Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children, this Information Memorandum (IM) encourages title IV-E agencies to make use of flexibilities and options within the title IV-E program to improve support for relatives and kin caring for children in foster care.

PI-20-14

Summary of requirements for the Tribal Annual Progress and Services Report to the Child and Family Services Plan for Title IV-B, Chafee and Education and Training Vouchers Programs and the CFS-101 forms.
December 21, 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)1 2022 (subject to the availability of appropriations) authorized under title IV-B, subparts 1 and 2, and Chafee and ETV programs.

PI-08-06

December 5, 2008

Letter of Intent for Indian Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Tribal Consortia to Directly Operate a Title IV-E Program

PI-20-03

Summary of the actions required for submission of tribes’ Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) for fiscal year 2021, and the CFS-101, Part I, II, and III.
February 6, 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.

This Information Memorandum (IM) shares lessons learned from the pandemic and highlights strategies and opportunities for child and family serving agencies, organizations, and entities to create equitable, proactive, and integrated approaches to support the health and well-being of children and families.

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.  

PI-20-05

Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Title IV-B, subpart 2 Funding Available to Develop and Enhance or to Evaluate Kinship Navigator Programs
February 28, 2020

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.

IM-20-04

Information on the updated method to calculate state and tribal funding under the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (Chafee) program.
February 13, 2020

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.

PI-20-04

Family First Prevention Services Act Transition Grants
February 27, 2020

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.