Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse
Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in accordance with the Family First Prevention Services Act to rate programs and services as well-supported, supported, promising, or does not currently meet criteria. The goal of the Clearinghouse is to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements.
ACYF-CB-PI-19-06: Transitional Payments for the Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs
Program instructions issued 7/18/19 with instructions and checklist on how a state may submit a request for transitional payments for a title IV-E prevention program or service which has not yet been rated by the Clearinghouse. The state must submit this checklist as part of the five-year plan, or as an amendment to an approved five-year plan by October 1, 2021.
Letter to Child Welfare Leaders on Title IV-E Prevention Transitional Payments under Family First
The Children’s Bureau letter released June 2019 to child welfare leaders providing an update on the new Title IV-E Prevention Program, created under the Family First Prevention Services Act, specifically as it relates to how states can claim transitional payments for prevention services not yet reviewed and rated in the Clearinghouse if the state submits sufficient documentation that demonstrates how the service meets the evidence-based criteria outlined in Family First. The Children’s Bureau will be issuing further guidance on these transitional payments.
Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures
The Handbook describes the Prevention Services Clearinghouse’s:
- procedures for identifying programs and services and associated research studies for review or re-review;
- standards for assessing the design, execution, and findings of research studies and for rating programs and services; and
- definitions of key terms.
ACYF-CB-IM-19-01: the National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards
On February 4, 2019, the Children’s Bureau released final National Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards (National Model), as required by the Family First Prevention Services Act. The Children’s Bureau used the NARA Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards (NARA Model) as the “main source” for its proposed National Model, and then accorded it “considerable deference” in deciding whether to modify the proposed National Model. See Generations United's FAQ on the National Model, the NARA Model and the Family First Reporting Requirements (2019).
ACYF-CB-PI-18-12: CB-496 Update
This Program Instruction provides state, territorial, and tribal title IV-E agencies with the revised form and instructions approved by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for reporting quarterly financial information on the title IV-E Foster Care, Adoption Assistance, and Guardianship Assistance, Kinship Navigator and Prevention Services Programs. This PI also provides continuing guidance for the submission of the Annual Adoption Savings Calculation and Accounting Report.
ACYF-CB-PI-18-11: Requirements for Participating in the Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program
On November 30, 2018, the Children’s Bureau issued a program instruction on how title IV-E agencies may participate in this new title IV-E program:
ACYF-CB-PI-18-10: Tribal Title IV-E Agency Requirements for Electing Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs
This PI provides instructions on the requirements tribal title IV-E agencies must meet when electing to provide title IV-E prevention and family services and programs.
• Attachment A: Regional Program Managers
• Attachment B: Tribal title IV-E prevention program five-year plan pre-print
• Attachment I: Tribal Title IV-E Prevention Program Reporting Assurance
• Attachment II: Tribal Title IV-E Agency Request for Waiver of Evaluation Requirement
• Attachment III: Tribal Title IV-E Agency Assurance of Trauma-Informed Service-Delivery
ACYF-CB-PI-18-09: State Requirements for Electing the Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs
This Program Instruction (PI) provides instructions on the requirements state title IV-E agencies must meet when electing the title IV-E prevention program
ACYF-CB-PI-18-07 - Implementation of Title IV-E Plan Requirements under Public Law 115-123, the Family First Prevention Services Act
Program Instruction (PI) to provide instructions for agencies to: 1) amend the Title IV-E Plan Pre-Print (Pre-Print) to meet certain FFPSA title IV-E plan provisions that are effective January 1, 2018 and later, and 2) request a delay of effective dates for certain title IV-B and IV-E plan requirements where permitted by law.
ACYF-CB-IM-18-04 - NEICE 2018 funding
To notify states that the Children’s Bureau is disbursing funding provided under section 437(g) of the Act as an increase in the title IV-B subpart 2 Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program allocation to support an electronic interstate case-processing system to expedite interstate placements of children in foster, guardianship or adoptive homes, and to provide an example of such an electronic interstate system.
Information Memorandum (IM) from the Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau summarizing the Family First Prevention Services Act.