• October 2003
  • Vol. 4, No. 8

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Children's Bureau Issues Guidance on New Foster Care Independence Program

Title 1 of the Foster Care Independence Act, enacted into law last December, makes substantial changes in Federal efforts to serve youth transitioning out of the child welfare system.

On March 16, 2000, the Children's Bureau issued an Information Memorandum (IM) regarding the newly retitled John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP). The IM, which was sent to all States, Territories, and State Independent Living Coordinators, does the following:

  • Explains the original legislation (Title I of P.L. 106-169) enacted December 14, 1999, as well as other changes to child welfare programs
  • Alerts States that Program Instructions are forthcoming containing specific application procedures for FY 2000 and FY 2001 funds and preparing a required five-year plan
  • Explains the formula being used to determine State funding allocations for CFCIP
  • Provides a table of CFCIP State allotments for FY 2000.

The Information Memorandum outlines specific CFCIP provisions regarding funding and design and delivery of services to youth in foster care and young adults formerly in foster care. The IM also notes that the Children's Bureau will soon issue a Program Instruction to assist States in the following areas related to CFCIP's new and/or revised provisions:

  • Application procedures for Fiscal Year 2000 CFCIP funds
  • Addressing the CFCIP State plan and program certification requirements
  • Allocation of funds
  • Implementing the law's new room and board provision.

A second Program Instruction will be issued by June 30, 2000, providing application procedures and guidance for FY 2001-FY 2004.

The Information Memorandum includes the following attachments:

  • Public Law 106-169--Title 1
  • HCFA Letter to State Medicaid Directors on Medicaid Options
  • FY 2000 CFCIP State Allotments

The Information Memorandum is available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/laws_policies/policy/im/im0003.htm.

Related items

A new report on the IV-E Independent Living Programs, released by the Children's Bureau, is available online at http://www.calib.com/nccanch/pubs/otherpubs/il/index.cfm. (Note: this publication is no longer available.)

This issue of the CB Express also contains "Answers to Foster Care Independence Questions" about a related publication answering frequently asked questions about the Chafee law.