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This document provides a schedule of the reporting requirements for states' and tribes' Child and Family Services Plans (CFSPs) and Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs).

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.

This letter to child welfare leaders announces an updated postponement of the Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Reviews and National Youth in Transition Database Reviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This letter extends the postponement announced in the March 18, 2020, letter.

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.

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 document provides background on AFCARS, the 2019 NPRM, and where to submit comments.

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 ).

PI-19-04

Summary of actions required to complete and submit the (1) Final Report for FYs 2015-2019; (2) the new CFSP for FYs 2020- 2024; and (3) the CFS-101, Parts I, II, and III.
March 18, 2019

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) 2020 (subject to the availability of appropriations) authorized under title IV-B, subparts 1 and 2, and Chafee and ETV programs.

PI-19-02

Summary of the actions required in completion and submission of (1) the Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) Final Report and CAPTA Update FYs 2015-2019, (2) the CFSP for FYs 2020-2024, and (3) the CFS-101, Parts I, II, and III.
February 26, 2019

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) 2020 (subject to the availability of appropriations) authorized under title IV-B, subparts 1 and 2, section 106 of CAPTA, Chafee and ETV programs.

IM-18-03

Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Final Rule regarding implementation of the Dec. 2016 final rule and Intent to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
August 21, 2018

This Information Memorandum (IM) informs title IV-E agencies of the Children’s Bureau’s intent to publish a NPRM to revise the AFCARS data points. This IM also informs title IV-E agencies of the final rule regarding implementation of the December 2016 AFCARS final rule and briefly summarizes public comments received in response to the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), published in the Federal Register on March 15, 2018 (83 FR 11449).