Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs


The Title IV-E Prevention Services program helps states, Indian tribes, tribal organizations and tribal consortia (tribes) that also operate the title IV-E foster care and adoption assistance programs to operate prevention services programs. The program is optional and provides for time-limited (up to one year) prevention services for mental health/substance abuse and in-home parent skill-based programs for: 1) candidates for foster care (children determined to be at imminent risk of removal), 2) pregnant/parenting foster youth, and 3) the parents/kin caregivers of those children and youth. These services or programs are available when the needs of the child, such a parent, or such a caregiver are directly related to the safety, permanence, or well-being of the child or to preventing the child from entering foster care. Services are to be provided to children and families without regard to children?s eligibility for title IV-E foster care maintenance payments.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2020 It is anticipated that 6 grants will be awarded in FY 2020.
Statute ,
Social Security Act, Title IV-E Federal Payments for Foster Care Prevention, and Permanency
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and Tribal agencies directly administering approved title IV-E Plans may participate in the prevention services program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Children designated as candidates for foster care and those who are pregnant/parenting in foster care along with the parents or kin caregivers of these children.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance in 2 CFR part 200, and has codified the text, with HHS-specific amendments in 45 CFR Part 75. ACF recipients must follow the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance in 2 CFR part 200, and has codified the text, with HHS-specific amendments in 45 CFR Part 75. ACF recipients must follow the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75. Applications are made in the form of a five-year plan incorporated into the title IV-E plan, prepared in the format provided by the ACF Children's Bureau (CB). Title IV-E plans and amendments are submitted to the ACF Regional Office Child Welfare Program Manager for approval. See ACF Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-18-09 and ACYF-CB-PI-18-10, both dated November 30, 2018 for additional information.
Award Procedure
Funding is awarded in accordance with approved quarterly estimates and claims submitted on a federal financial report (Form CB-496) from each grantee agency.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The Administration for Children and Families will approve or disapprove applications within 45 days of receipt.
Subject to the limitations of the Appendix A to 45 CFR Part 16, appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16.
A title IV-E agency must be approved to administer a Title IV-E Prevention Services program through submission of a five-year title IV-E prevention plan with respect to each five-year period for which the plan component is in operation.
How are proposals selected?
These are formula grants for eligible agencies with approved title IV-E plans.
How may assistance be used?
These are formula grant funds and may be used by the state or local (under state supervision) child welfare agency or by the tribal child welfare agency for Federal Financial Participation (FFP) at a reimbursement rate of 50% in the costs of operating a prevention services program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
ACF recipients must follow the audit requirements outlined in 45 CFR Part 75.
States and tribes must maintain all financial and programmatic records necessary for the proper and efficient operation of the program, including records of determinations of eligibility, utilization of awarded grants and other funds for the provision of financial assistance and allocated indirect and direct administrative and training costs in accordance with requirements in Health and Human Services regulations at 45 CFR 75, and written guidance from the Administration for Children and Families.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 50%. The non-Federal share of program costs (difference between total cost and the 50% Federal financial participation rate) in each funding category constitutes the required match to be met by the title IV-E agency. Matching funds from State agencies must be appropriated monies raised from non-Federal revenue sources. Tribal agencies must also use appropriated monies, but may at the option of the tribe include Federal funds specifically authorized by Federal statutes to be used as match for other Federal programs.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: State expenditures (excluding amounts used to match federal funds) for federal assistance program purposes for the FFY must at least be maintained at the established base level (FFY 2014 or alternate applicable year) amount.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Federal financial participation is available to a state or tribe operating under an approved title IV-E plan. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Elaine Stedt
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, 330 C Street SW, Room 3403
Washington, DC 20447 US
Phone: 2022057941
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $52,277,300.00; FY 17$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Funds may be available in FY 2020.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR SSSS1355 - 1356.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2019 This is a new program beginning in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020.


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