Child Welfare Policy and Legislation

Information Memoranda

  • IM 13-02: Issued: September 12, 2013. Encouraging Child Welfare Agencies to share data with various Children’s Bureau discretionary grant projects or related federally funded initiatives. (PDF - 156 KB)
  • IM 12-07: Issued: August 27, 2012. Establishing and Maintaining Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Systems in State Child Welfare Agencies. (PDF - 315 KB)
  • IM 12-06: Issued: August 1, 2012. Requests for Locate Services, Referrals, and Electronic Interface Between Child Welfare and Child Support Information Systems. (PDF - 454 KB)
  • IM 12-05: Issued: May 14, 2012. Child Welfare Demonstration Projects for Fiscal Years (FYs) 2012- 2014. (PDF - 491 KB)
  • IM 12-04: Issued: April 17, 2012. Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being for Children and Youth Receiving Child Welfare Services. (PDF - 150 KB)
  • IM 12-03: Issued: April 11, 2012. Promoting the Safe, Appropriate, and Effective Use of Psychotropic Medication for Children in Foster Care. (PDF - 474 KB)
  • IM 12-02: Issued: February 13, 2012. Extended deadline to implement and submit a title IV-E plan amendment – Annual Credit Report required by the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (Public Law 112-34). (PDF - 327 KB)
  • IM 12-01: Issued: January 6, 2012. Interim Final Rule for Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, including provisions and technical amendments necessary to implement a Tribal title IV-E program. (PDF - 1,084 KB)
  • IM 11-06: Issued: October 6, 2011. NEW LEGISLATION - The Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (Public Law 112-34). (PDF - 242 KB).
  • IM 09-01: Issued: February 27, 2009. Measuring Round One Program Improvement Plan (PIP) Improvement for Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) Using Round Two Revised National Standards. (PDF - 62 KB)
  • IM 07-08: Issued: October 8, 2007. Guidance and Suggested Format for Program Improvement Plans in Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSRs) (PDF - 180 KB)
  • IM 07-05: Issued: June 29, 2007. Measuring Program Improvement Plan (PIP) Improvement for the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) National Standards. (PDF - 24 KB)
  • IM-02-04: Guidance and Suggested Format for Program Improvement Plans in Child and Family Services Reviews. (PDF - 48 KB)
  • IM-02-02: Time Frames for Data Profiles and Selecting Cases for the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs). (PDF - 83 KB)
  • IM-01-07: Updated National Standards for the Child and Family Services Reviews and Guidance on Program Improvement Plans (the guidance refers to the amount of improvement necessary toward meeting the national standards through a PIP). (PDF - 142 KB)
  • IM-01-06: Guidance and Suggested Format for Program Improvement Plans in Child and Family Services Reviews. (PDF - 17 KB)

 

Fostering Conections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

The “Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008” legislation amends parts B and E of title IV of the Social Security Act to connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for Tribal foster care and adoption access, improve incentives for adoption, and for other purposes.  This page includes information from the Children’s Bureau about the legislation and guidance on its provisions.

Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-08-05

 

Technical Bulletins

  • Technical Bulletin #1 (link)
  • Technical Bulletin #2 (link)
  • Technical Bulletin #3 (link)
  • Technical Bulletin #4 (link)
  • Technical Bulletin #5 (link)
  • Technical Bulletin #6 (link)