Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Review of Title IV-E Foster Care Maintenance Payments Made by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services" (A-05-92-00075)

October 23, 1992

Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (1.37 mb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


This final audit report points out that the State agency claimed over $5.0 million (Federal share) in foster care maintenance payments that were ineligible for Federal sharing. The claims were ineligible primarily because the payments were not supported by a judicial determination containing a statement that reasonable efforts were made to prevent the child's removal from the home or reunite the child with his or her family. In addition to a financial adjustment for the $5.0 million, we recommended that the State agency strengthen its controls to ensure that all Title IV-E payments are made in accordance with Federal requirements. Regional operating division officials concurred with our findings and recommendations.