Program Description

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act of 2008 authorized federally recognized tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal organizations to apply to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to receive title IV-E funds directly for foster care, adoption assistance, and, at tribal option, for guardianship assistance programs. The act also created an option for tribes with an approved title IV-E plan or a title IV-E tribal/state agreement to receive directly from ACF a portion of the state's Chaffe Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) and/or Educational and Training Vouchers (ETV) allotments to provide services to tribal foster/former foster youth.

The opportunity to operate a title IV-E, CFCIP, and/or ETV program is not time limited. A tribe has the discretion to determine whether or when it wants to develop its own title IV-E, CFCIP, and/or ETV programs.

States remain responsible for serving resident Indian children who are not otherwise being served by an Indian tribe under an agreement with the state or under a direct title IV-E, CFCIP, and/or ETV plan (section 301(d)(2) of Public Law 110-351).

The law explicitly permits Indian tribes to continue existing title IV-E agreements with states and/or enter into new agreements with states to administer all or part of the title IV-E program on behalf of Indian children and to access title IV-E administration, training, and data collection resources (section 479B(e) of the Act). States must negotiate in good faith with Indian tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal organizations seeking title IV-E tribal/state agreements (section 471(a)(32) of the Act).

To support such tribal/state agreements, the law permits federal reimbursement of title IV-E assistance payments under such agreements at the Tribal Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) rate, if that rate is higher than the state FMAP rate.

General Program Requirements

Funding is awarded by formula as an open-ended entitlement grant and is contingent upon an approved title IV-E plan to administer or supervise the administration of the program.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Program Contact Information

Joseph Bock
Deputy Associate Commissioner
HHS-ACF-ACYF-CB
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
202-205-8618

Additional Information

Length of ProgramThis program is not time limited, but will participate in periodic title IV-E reviews
Tribes Funded by this Program5 tribes
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Click here to enter text.
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceIndian Tribes, Indian Tribal Organizations, or Indian Tribal Consortia
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityApplicants must have an approved Title IV-E plan to administer or supervise the administration of the program.
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance ProvidedFinancial
Recurring Base Funding for TribesN/A
Funding TypeFormula Grant
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.658
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes

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