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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.

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.

IM-20-03

Strengthening Technology Support for Recruitment, Approval, and Retention of Foster Homes
February 10, 2020

To inform title IV-E agencies on how to use CCWIS, non-CCWIS information systems, websites, and applications to support child welfare program activities related to the recruitment, approval, and retention of foster homes.

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.

PI-19-07

Transitional Payments for the Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Programs
December 20, 2019

This Program Instruction (PI) instructs states on the procedures for transitional payments for the Title IV-E kinship navigator programs.

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.

PI-19-06

Transitional Payments for the Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs
July 18, 2019

This Program Instruction (PI) instructs states on the procedures for transitional payments for title IV-E prevention services and programs.