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In an effort to ensure that all states have the same amount of time to measure progress from implementing their Program Improvement Plans and other CQI change and implementation activities, the Children’s Bureau is offering all states an 18-month non-overlapping evaluation period.

PI-20-11

Supplemental funding under Title IV-B, Subpart 1 of the Act to prevent, prepare for, or respond to, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
June 8, 2020

This Program Instruction (PI) provides guidance to agencies administering title IV-B, subpart 1 of the Act (the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program) on the supplemental fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding provided under the CARES Act.

This letter, which was jointly issued by the Administration for Children and Families and the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, encourages family support, maternal and child health, and early childhood programs to promote family strengthening and prevention strategies via virtual, electronic, telephonic, or other safe means during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This letter from the Children’s Bureau describes how title IV-E agencies can utilize enhanced foster care programs during the COVID-19 pandemic to support youth who have left or may leave foster care.

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.

PI-20-10

Stafford Act Flexibility for Certain Title IV-E Requirements Related to Extended Title IV-E Eligibility, Licensing, and Foster Care Placements
May 8, 2020

This Program Instruction (PI) provides instruction and procedures to title IV-E agencies on how to request flexibility to meet the specific title IV-E requirements noted in this Program Instruction (PI) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and national public health emergency.

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 from the Children’s Bureau to state and tribal child welfare leaders describes existing flexibilities in the title IV-E program that may help agencies better serve children, youth, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This letter from the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urges state Governors to classify child welfare workers and service providers as level 1 emergency responders to allow them greater access to personal protective equipment.

This letter from the Children’s Bureau suggests that child welfare leaders seek to have child welfare workers and service providers classified as level 1 emergency responders, which would allow them to have greater access to personal protective equipment.