- April 2004
- Vol. 5, No. 3
Opportunity for Public Comment: New Child Welfare Demonstration Proposals
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is authorized to approve as many as 10 States per year to conduct demonstration projects involving the waiver of certain requirements of Titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act (the portions governing child welfare services, the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program, foster care, adoption assistance, and the Chafee Foster Care Independence program). These projects provide States with greater flexibility to use Title IV-B and Title IV-E foster care funds for services that can facilitate improved safety, permanency, and well-being for children.
On November 24, 2003, HHS issued an Information Memorandum (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/im0306) inviting States to submit proposals for new demonstration projects. In response, the Department has received proposals for new child welfare waiver demonstration projects from 12 States. Several additional States have expressed interest in a new child welfare waiver demonstration project but have not yet submitted a formal proposal.
Brief summaries of all proposals received will be posted on the Children's Bureau website to inform the public and provide an opportunity for public comment. HHS will neither approve nor disapprove any new proposal for at least 30 days from this notice, to allow time to receive and consider comments. Find the proposal summaries, and instructions for submitting written comments, at www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/initiatives/cwwaiver/proposals/index.htm (Editor's note: Link no longer active).
Since 1996, 17 States have implemented 25 child welfare waiver demonstration project components through 20 Title IV-E waiver agreements. (Some States have multiple waiver agreements, and some waiver agreements have multiple components.) Summaries of these projects may be viewed at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/programs/child-welfare-waivers.