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July 2016Vol. 17, No. 5Primer on Title IV-E Child Welfare Funding

In January of this year, Child Trends published a primer offering basic information on funding available through title IV-E of the Social Security Act. The primer explains what States typically do with title-IV-E funds, which are meant to support foster care, adoption assistance, and guardianship assistance programs, as well as the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. A chart illustrates how funding has been allocated across the nation by program category during fiscal year 2012. Challenges in accessing title IV-E finds are also addressed, particularly regarding foster care programs, such as requirements that may disqualify many children in foster care. The primer also discusses title IV-E waivers, which aim to give States' more flexibility in approaches and strategies for child welfare service delivery and financing, and offers a list of resources for more information.

Access A Primer on Title IV-E Funding for Child Welfare at (136 KB).