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Funding Opportunity -Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development Grants

February 13, 2013

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-351) added a new section 479B to the Social Security Act (the Act) which allows Indian tribes the option to apply to the Secretary to receive Federal funding to support the administration of their own foster care, adoption assistance, and guardianship assistance programs under title IV-E of the Act.

The law also amended the Act at section 476(c)(2)(A)(iii) to allow Indian tribes to receive one-time development grants of up to $300,000 to be used to offset the cost of developing a title IV- plan to carry out the requirements of the new section 479B of the Act. Development grants may be used by the Indian tribe for any costs attributable to meeting the requirements for approval of a tribally-operated title IV-E plan.

For more information about the current grant opportunity go to: The due date for this current funding opportunity is May 14, 2013

For more information about direct access to Title IV-E funding opportunities, Tribal leaders and tribal child welfare directors should communicate with their federal regional Administration for Children and Families (ACF) office. In addition, the NRC4Tribes has developed the following resource materials about Title IV-E access.

Title IV-E Program Resources

  • NRC4Tribes Pathways to Tribal Title IV-E
    In 2012 the National Child Resource Center for Tribes, in collaboration with the federal Children's Bureau, held two Pathways to Tribal Title IV-E meetings designed specifically for tribes who were actively planning to develop Tribal Title IV-E foster care services through direct access. These working meetings offered practical, hands on information about day-to-day operations of a Tribal Title IV-E funded child welfare program. Presenters and facilitators included federal Children's Bureau staff along with National Resource Center staff and consultants, including tribal peer trainers who have experience with Tribal Title IV-E programs.
  • Using Tribal/State Title IV-E Agreements to Help American Indian Tribes Access Foster Care and Adoption Funding - Eddie Brown
    This resource was developed prior to the passage of the Fostering Connections law which not only provided for direct Tribal Title IV-E, but also (1) included a new requirement that states are required to negotiate IV-E agreements with tribes in good faith, if requested; and (2) also provided that the state may utilize the tribe’s FMAP for payments made pursuant to a Title IV-E tribal-state agreement which will often result in a higher level of federal reimbursement under a tribal-state agreement for foster care maintenance, adoption and guardianship payments than would have previously been the case.
  • Association on American Indian Affairs - Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Act of 2008

    The Role of the States in helping to implement the tribal provisions in the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.
    P.L. 110-351 authorizes Indian tribes to submit a plan for approval to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to directly operate the Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Program. It also recognizes the right of tribes to continue or seek new agreements with states to operate the program. In either case, states have an important role to play in optimizing the ability of tribes to successfully operate this program.

  • Assoctiation on American Indian Affairs - Tribal Provisions - P.L. 110-351, October 2008

  • Fostering Connections Website
    This website is a gathering place of information, training and tools related to furthering the implementation of the Fostering Connections law.  Specifically, this site aims to connect implementers with the latest information and the best experts and advocates working on these issues.


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Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development Grants

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The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to make one-time grants to Tribes, Tribal organizations, or Tribal consortia that are seeking to develop, and within 24 months of grant receipt, submit to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a plan to implement a title IV-E foster care, adoption assistance and, at Tribal option, guardianship assistance program. Grant funds under this announcement may be used for the cost of developing a title IV-E plan under Section 471 of the Social Security Act (the Act) to carry out a program under Section 479B of the Act. The grant may be used for costs relating to the development of data collection systems, a cost allocation methodology, agency and Tribal court procedures necessary to meet the case review system requirements under Section 475(5) of the Act, or any other costs attributable to meeting any other requirement necessary for approval of a title IV-E plan.



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