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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-20-07

2020 Final Rule on Revised AFCARS Data Elements
May 12, 2020

This Information Memoranda (IM) informs title IV-E agencies that the Children’s Bureau (CB) published a final rule to revise the AFCARS data elements in the Federal Register on May 12, 2020.

IM-20-06

Foster Care as a Support to Families
April 29, 2020

This Information Memoranda (IM) provides information on best practices, resources, and recommendations for using foster care as a support for families in a way that mitigates the trauma of removal for the child and parents, expedites safe and successful reunification, and improves parent and child well-being outcomes. This Information Memorandum (IM) emphasizes the importance of state and tribal child welfare communities building and supporting relationships between resource families and parents to facilitate improved engagement of parents, promote timely reunification, build protective capacities in parents, and strengthen overall child and family well-being, while ensuring child safety.

IM-20-05

NEW LEGISLATION – Public Law (P.L.) 116-127, Section 6008 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and P.L. 116-136, Section 3720 and Title VIII of Division B of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
April 6, 2020

This Information Memorandum (IM) provides information to title IV-B/IV-E agencies of the enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act and to provide basic information on the new laws.

IM-20-02

Family time and visitation for children and youth in out-of-home care
February 5, 2020

This information memorandum provides information on research, best practices, resources and recommendations for providing children and youth in out-of-home care safe, meaningful and high frequency family time that strengthens the family, expedites reunification and improves parent and child well-being outcomes.

IM-20-01

NEW LEGISLATION – Public Law (P.L.) 116-94 Family First Transition Act
January 22, 2020

This Information Memorandum informs state and tribal title IV-E agencies of the enactment of the Family First Transition Act and provides basic information on the new law.

IM-19-04

Evaluation Plan Development Tip Sheet
August 13, 2019

This Information Memorandum provides an Evaluation Plan Development Tip Sheet to assist with developing an evaluation plan.

IM-19-03

Engaging, empowering, and utilizing family and youth voice in all aspects of child welfare to drive case planning and system improvement.
August 1, 2019

The purpose of this Information Memorandum (IM) is to demonstrate that family and youth voice are critical to a well-functioning child welfare system and to strongly encourage all public child welfare agencies, dependency courts, and Court Improvement Programs to work together to ensure that family and youth voice are central in child welfare program planning and improvement efforts.

IM-19-02

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on revised AFCARS data elements
April 19, 2019

This Information Memorandum informs title IV-E agencies that the Children’s Bureau published a NPRM to revise the AFCARS data elements in the Federal Register on April 19, 2019 (84 FR 16572 Visit disclaimer page ).

IM-19-01

National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards
February 4, 2019

This Information Memorandum (IM) issues National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards.