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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.


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.


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.

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


Summary of the actions required in completion and submission of (1) the third APSR update to the 2015-2019 CFSP, (2) the CAPTA Update, and (3) the CFS-101, Parts I, II, and III.
April 10, 2017

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 2018 (subject to the availability of appropriations) authorized under title IV-B, subparts 1 and 2, section 106 of CAPTA, CFCIP and ETV programs.

This document provides background and overview of the final rule.

This letter from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families provides guidance to child welfare leaders about recent and upcoming policies regarding educational stability for children in foster care.

U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) provided this joint guidance as a key tool for educational and child welfare agencies to use as they embark on establishing new partnerships and implementing the new provisions of the law. 


Revised form for reporting financial information on the title IV-E Foster Care, Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Programs
December 2, 2015

The purpose of this Program Instruction (PI) is to provide State, Territorial and Tribal title IV-E agencies (hereafter, "title IV-E agencies") with the revised form and instructions approved by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for reporting quarterly financial information on the title IV-E Foster Care, Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Programs.  This PI also provides guidance for the submission of the Annual Adoption Savings Calculation and Accounting Report for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015 and for subsequent FFYs.


June 17, 2015

This Program Instruction (PI) provides information on support from state and tribal child welfare information systems for the extension of Medicaid eligibility to young adults formerly in foster care and under age 26.