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4200 Title IV-E Training Topics

4210 Allowable Title IV-E Training Topics

Title IV-E Training Contracts Financial Handbook February 2013

See Appendix D: Activities and Training Topics Claimable as a Title IV-E Match.

4211 Title IV-E Training Claimable at the 75 Percent Match Rate

Title IV-E Training Contracts Financial Handbook August 2009

The following Title IV-E training topics are claimable at the 75 percent match rate for adoption assistance programs under §474(3)(A) of the Social Security Act and 45 CFR §1356.60(b).

Allowable training topics include:

  •  Social work practice, such as family centered practice and social work methods, including interviewing and assessment

  •  Cultural competency related to children and families

  •  Title IV-E policies and procedures

  •  Child abuse and neglect issues, such as the impact of child abuse and neglect on a child, and general overview of the issues involved in child abuse and neglect investigations, if the training is not related to how to conduct an investigation of child abuse and neglect

  •  Permanency planning, including using kinship care as a resource for children involved with the child welfare system (Kinship care is residential care provided outside the child's home by relatives or other designated caregivers who are not foster parents.)

  •  General substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health issues related to children and families in the child welfare system, if the training is not related to providing treatment or services

  •  Effects of separation, grief, loss, child development, and visitation

  •  Communication skills required to work with children and families

  •  Activities designed to preserve, strengthen, and reunify the family, if the training is not related to providing treatment or services

  •  Assessments to determine whether a situation requires a child’s removal from the home, if the training is not related directly to conducting a child abuse and neglect investigation (Training on how to conduct specialized assessments, such as psychiatric, medical, or educational assessments, are not permitted)

  •  Ethics training associated with a Title IV-E state plan requirement, such as the confidentiality requirements §471(a)(8) of the Social Security Act

  •  Contract negotiation, monitoring, or voucher processing related to the Title IV-E program

  •  The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS), or other child welfare-related automated system that:

  •  is closely related to administrative activities allowable under 45 CFR §1356.60(d); and

  •  is claimed by the state as Title IV-E training, rather than as SACWIS developmental or operational costs (see AT-ACF-OISM-001).

  •  Independent living and the issues confronting adolescents who are preparing for independent living, consistent with §477(b)(3)(D) of the Social Security Act and the Child Welfare Policy Manual (CWPM), §3.1H, Q/A #1

  •  Determining foster care candidacy and pre-placement activities directed toward reasonable efforts in §471(a)(15) of the Social Security Act, if the training is not related to providing a service

  •  How to refer clients to services, not how to perform the service

  •  Grievance procedures

  •  Negotiation and review of adoption assistance agreements

  •  Post-placement management of subsidy payments

  •  Home studies

  •  A proportionate share of the development and use of adoption exchanges

4212 Title IV-E Training Claimable at the 50 Percent Match Rate

Title IV-E Training Contracts Financial Handbook August 2009

The following Title IV-E training topics are claimable at the 50 percent match rate and must be allocated proportionally across all benefiting programs

  •  State agency personnel policies and procedures

  •  Skills to enhance job performance enhancement, such as writing, basic computer skills, and time management)

  •  First aid, CPR, or facility security training

  •  General supervisory skills or other generic skills needed to perform job training on specific topics

  •  Ethics unrelated to the Title IV-E state plan

  •  Team building and stress management training

  •  Safe driving

4220 Unallowable Title IV-E Training Topics

Title IV-E Training Contracts Financial Handbook August 2009

The following Title IV-E reimbursement topics should be included in the Title IV-B State Plan but are not claimable for state university contracts.

Unallowable training topics include:

  •  How to address or treat a child’s or family’s problems or behaviors (Unallowable because it supports the delivery of social services, rather than the administration of the Title IV-E state plan)

  •  Investigating child abuse and neglect because such specialized skills are required for staff activities that occur before a child enters foster care or adoption, and even before a child becomes a candidate for foster care

  •  Child welfare  or social service topics that are not related directly to Title IV-E programs or the administration of the Title IV-E state plan

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