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April 2000Vol. 1, No. 2HHS Assistant Secretary Discusses New Child Welfare Rule

You can find additional guidance on the Final Rule on Federal Monitoring of State Child Welfare Programs in testimony given by Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Olivia Golden to a House subcommittee.

Golden discussed the rule's background and history on February 17 with the House Subcommittee on Human Resources. She also spoke in detail about the rule's four sections:

  • Child and Family Service Reviews
  • Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA) and Inter-Ethnic Adoption Provisions (IEAP)
  • Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)
  • Title IV-E Reviews and other foster care requirements.

The rule was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in January.

Golden said the rule emphasizes accountability and technical assistance as essential elements in State and Federal efforts to protect the well-being of children. She also discussed the next steps in implementing the rule including:

  • Identifying the first group of States to be reviewed
  • Scheduling reviews
  • Providing technical assistance to States in the implementation of ASFA, MEPA, and Independent Living Program
  • Awarding additional child welfare waiver demonstrations

Read Assistant Secretary Golden's congressional testimony online at:

Related Article

See the March 2000 issue of CB Express for "Final Rule Implementing Child Welfare Laws Aims to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families."