Child Welfare Policy Manual – Successor Guardian Q/A’s 

Questions and answers submitted to the HHS ACYF regarding implementation of the successor guardianship provision of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. 

 

Implementing the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183) to Benefit Children and Youth 

A resource that includes a summary and rationale for each of the Act’s provisions and answers a number of questions being asked about its implementation.  An implementation timeline of the Act’s various provisions is also included. This brief is a collaborative effort of the Children’s Defense Fund, Child Welfare League of America, First Focus, Generations United, Foster Family-based Treatment Association and Voice for Adoption. It will be updated as additional questions or clarification come forward and further issuances from the Children’s Bureau are released (2015).

 

Information Memorandum (IM-14-03)

A memorandum from the Children's Bureau, which informs states and Tribes of the enactment of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and provides basic information on the new law, including title IV-E plan changes, new case plan requirements and definitions, additions to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), modifications to the Family Connection grants, Chafee program, and reauthorization of the Adoption and Guardianship Incentive Program (2014).

 

Issue Brief: The Role of the Court in Implementing the Youth Provisions of the Strengthening Families Act 

A publication of the Juvenile Law Center, as a project of  the ABA Youth Engagement Project,  ABA Center on Children and the Law (2016).


Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act Fact Sheet
A fact sheet by the Children's Defense Fund, which provides an overview of the entire act, including sex trafficking and kinship provisions (2014). 

Program Instruction (ACYF-CB-PI-14-06) 

Instruction from the Children's Bureau on some of the changes to the title IV-E plan requirements as a result of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (2014).
 

Promoting Normalcy for Children and Youth in Foster Care 

A publication of  the Juvenile Law Center, which helps to define normalcy and why it matters for foster children and youth. This paper identifies the barriers to normalcy, reviews the federal law and explores state implementation strategies of the federal normalcy provisions (2015). 
 

What young people need to thrive: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to promote normalcy  

Jim Casey Initiative’s report that highlights recommendations from young people in foster care (2015),