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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.

This Program Instruction (PI) notifies States of the new policy and procedures regarding the collection of funds resulting from penalties being assessed due to a State’s substantial failure to meet the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) standards and requirements in 45 CFR 1355.40.

This Information Memorandum (IM) provides information on best practices, resources, and recommendations for achieving permanency for children and youth in a way that prioritizes the child’s or youth’s well-being.

PI-20-13

Summary of requirements for the State 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 17, 2020

This Program Instruction (PI) provides guidance to states, territories, and insular areas (hereafter “states,” 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, section 106 of CAPTA, Chafee and ETV programs.

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 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.

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) sets forth the requirements for recipients of Community-Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect awards for FY 2021; and provides guidance and instructions for the preparation and submission of the application and annual reports.

This letter from the Children’s Bureau notifies child welfare leaders that agencies, under applicable circumstances, can make virtual adaptations to programs and services provided through the title IV-E prevention program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.