|Revision Date||October 14, 2016|
Title IV, one of 20 titles of the Social Security Act, addresses grants to States for aid and services to needy families with children and for child welfare services. Specifically, Title IV-E provides financial assistance to States for payments and expenses related to:
- foster care maintenance;
- adoption assistance (DFPS does not contract for adoption assistance with the counties);
- administrative costs;
- training; and
- independent living services program (separate contract; normally part of the PAL program).
In Texas, Title IV-E of the Social Security Act is administered by DFPS. DFPS is the single state agency responsible for the IV-E program. DFPS is responsible to both the federal and state government for ensuring that 100% of the money involved in the contract is IV-E allowable and that it is serving the purpose of carrying out the intent of the IV-E program. It is the department's responsibly to assist contracted entities in maximizing Title IV-E funding.
Contract staff must conduct an annual review of all Title IV-E contracts as required by Federal regulations.
Regulations for Title IV-E Contracts
Nationally, Title IV is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Regulations of the Secretary of HHS relating to Title IV are published in the Code of Federal Regulations. The following link will access the HHS Child Welfare Policy Manual.
Title IV-E contracts that are determined to be subrecipient contracts are subject to particular rules and regulations as defined in UGG and UGMS. A subrecipient is a "non-federal or non-state entity that expends federal or state awards received from a pass-thru entity to carry out a federal or state program, but does not include an individual who is a beneficiary of such a program." All counties that expend $750,000 or more in federal or state funding in the aggregate are required to have a "single audit" (see UGG and UGMS Part IV).
In programs where an entity is considered a subrecipient, DFPS, the entity, and any subrecipient subcontractors must comply with special federal requirements in the OMB Uniform Grant Guidance and UGMS.
If other types of services are identified that appear to be related to Title IV-E and for which a contract with the entity appears to be appropriate, contract staff should contact DFPS Legal. It is likely that Title IV-E services other than those listed above would require a separately written contract. Examples include:
- financial contributions funded by county governments for state employees (i.e., staff contribution contracts)
- training provided by the county to DFPS employees
- county cooperative agreements with non-profit entities
Allowable Expenditures Under Title IV-E
The fiscal requirements under Title IV-E include federal matching funds for foster care maintenance and adoption assistance payments. Federal Financial Participation (FFP) is available under Title IV-E for allowable costs in expenditures for the following:
- Foster Care Maintenance Payments
- Training Expenses
- Administration and Other Expenses
County Child Welfare Services contracts are predominantly for foster care maintenance but may include administration and training expenses.
County Legal Services contracts are predominantly for administration, however, they may include some training expenses.
University Training contracts are predominantly for training, but they may have administration expenses as well.
|FOSTER CARE MAINTENANCE PAYMENTS||TRAINING EXPENSES||ADMINISTRATION AND OTHER EXPENSES|
The following is a non-inclusive list of foster care maintenance expenses that Title IV-E will reimburse States for and for which DFPS encourages counties to provide:
Foster care maintenance payments must be tracked to the individual Title IV-E eligible child.
Training reimbursed with Title IV-E Federal funds must be focused on enhancing knowledge and building skills necessary to perform functions directly related to the benefits offered by the program to improve outcomes for children placed in out-of-home care.
The following is an all-inclusive list of training expenses that Title IV-E will reimburse States for and for which DFPS may contract:
The following are some of the administrative and other items that Title IV-E will reimburse States for: