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Title IV-E Reviews — Peer Reviewer Qualifications

Published: March 12, 2015
Title IV-E

The Children’s Bureau conducts the Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Reviews (IV-E Reviews) to monitor Title IV-E agencies’ compliance with federally mandated requirements under Title IV, Part E, of the Social Security Act. To that end, a IV-E Review team, which may include Peer Reviewers, conducts case record reviews using the Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility On-Site Review Instrument and Instructions. (Peer Reviewers are not used for every IV-E Review. The Children's Bureau may use up to two Peer Reviewers for a primary review and up to four Peer Reviewers for a secondary review.)

Peer Reviewers are Title IV-E experts who can make individual professional judgments regarding initial and ongoing eligibility for Title IV-E programs. They perform this work as participants in the IV-E Reviews. Peer Reviewers must have extensive knowledge of Title IV-E eligibility criteria. The qualifications for individuals interested in participating as Peer Reviewers include:

Minimum Peer Reviewer Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience in the child welfare field. This can include providing services or supervising, administering, or managing programs in any of the following: (1) IV-E eligibility, (2) foster care, (3) quality assurance, (4) program evaluation, or (5) program compliance.
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in social work, human services, public administration, social sciences, or a closely related field.
  • Strong assessment skills, including the ability to make professional judgments regarding eligibility decisions based on case information.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Peer Reviewer Qualifications

  • More than 3 years of experience in determining Title IV-E eligibility or participating in a IV-E Review.
  • Supervisory, administrative, or management experience in the child welfare field.
  • Currently working in a Title IV-E program.

We encourage applications from bilingual and Spanish-speaking persons, and those with experience working in Tribal child welfare programs.

For more information on becoming a Peer Reviewer in the IV-E Reviews, please contact the Child Welfare Compliance Reviews Team at JBS International, Inc. (See Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Reviews Peer Reviewer Information page to contact)

Last Reviewed: June 26, 2020