The federal legislation allows states to claim federal reimbursement for short-term training related to foster care and adoption assistance programs. The bill phases in the federal reimbursement for training costs starting at 55 percent in federal fiscal year 2009 and increasing by 5 percent annually until it reaches 75 percent in FFY 2013.
The law requires that the state portion of the training costs be made from publicly allocated funds. This has prevented a number of groups from applying for this training money.
DFPS amended its IV-E training contracts to allow for their use under this statue. This resulted in a contract with the Texas CASA program to train its advocates and with Texas Agri-Life Extension Service to train relative and fictive kin applicants interested in fostering and adopting children in CPS custody.