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Tribal Title IV-B Funding

The federal government is responsible for assisting tribes in meeting the service needs of citizens, through what is called “federal trust responsibility.” Funding for tribal child welfare programs comes from a variety of federal, state, and local sources, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) through the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and Services to Children and Elderly Families, grants to tribal courts, and HHS-administered funding through Title IV-B (Subpart 1, Child Welfare Services and Subpart 2, Promoting Safe and Stable Families) and Title IV-E Foster Care.

The NRC4Tribes Needs Assessment Findings - Executive Summary and complete NRC4Tribes Needs Assessment Findings revealed a majority of the survey respondents (64%) were familiar with Title IV-B funding, and 45% reported that they currently receive Title IV-B funding. For those not receiving this funding, the primary reasons included a time consuming application and management process (35%); a lack of information about the process (21%); eligibility (14%); and other reasons (28%), such as lack of buy in from their tribal court or state/county agencies.


  • ACYF-CB-PI-14-04
    This Program Instruction (PI) provides instruction to Tribes on the June 30, 2014 Submission of: (1) the Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) Final Report for fiscal years (FYs) 2010-2014; (2) the Child and Family Services Plan for FYs 2015-2019 for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services and Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) Programs, the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) and the Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Program; and (3) the CFS-101, Part I, Annual Budget Request, Part II, Annual Summary of Child and Family Services, and Part III, Annual Expenditure Report—Title IV-B, Subparts 1 and 2, CFCIP and ETV, as applicable.

  • The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, is a government-wide compendium of all federal programs that provide assistance or benefits to the American public.

  • Promoting Safe and Stable Families: Title IV-B, Subpart 2 of the Social Security Act
    The primary goals of Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) are to prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their families, improve the quality of care and services to children and their families, and ensure permanency for children by reuniting them with their parents, by adoption or by another permanent living arrangement.
  • Compilation of Titles IV-B, IV-E and Related Sections of the Social Security Act – Draft
    This compilation includes the Social Security Act with changes from the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (Public Law 112-34) enacted September 30, 2011, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) enacted March 23, 2010, and the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-351) enacted October 7, 2008.


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