Children’s Bureau to Host Tribal Consultations
Title IV-E Conference Calls Scheduled for March 8th and 10th
On February 12, 2016, the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced two tribal consultation calls regarding a new round of Title IV-E Foster Care program development grants. Title IV-E funds placement activities related to foster care, relative guardianship, adoption, and independent living services.
This consultation opportunity comes after a 2015 General Accountability Office study of tribes’ experiences in developing a Title IV-E Foster Care program. NICWA strongly encourages any tribe that has an interest in the program to participate in the consultation or submit written comments. Tribal members are encouraged to forward this announcement on to their tribal leaders to help publicize this opportunity.
See the GAO report here.
There have been fewer than expected tribes participating in the program to date. The consultations will provide interested tribes with information on the Title IV-E program and a chance to share their concerns or questions regarding Title IV-E and the development grants.
The bureau will hold tribal consultation calls to discuss this opportunity on two dates:
- Tuesday, March 8, 2016 (11:00 am PT; 2:00 pm ET)
- Thursday, March 10, 2016 (11:00 am PT; 2:00 pm ET)
The call-in number for both consultation calls is: 1-888-220-3087, Passcode: 8699239