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Deficiencies in a State Foster Care System

Title IV-E of the Social Security Act (the Act) established the Federal Foster Care Program, which helps States to provide safe and stable out-of-home care for children who meet certain eligibility requirements until the children are safely returned home, placed permanently with adoptive families, placed in other planned arrangements for permanency, or age out of the system. Under Title IV-E of the Act, States must establish procedures to ensure compliance with the health and safety requirements for children in foster care. We will determine whether the foster care group homes in the State are in compliance with applicable health and safety requirements and assess whether the group homes complied with the criminal background check requirements. We will review the State agency's oversight process to ensure that it meets licensing requirements for foster care group homes. In addition, we will determine whether the State agency has developed procedures to locate children who are missing from foster care, investigate each instance of a child who goes missing, and take corrective actions as necessary.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
April 2019 ACF Deficiencies in a State Foster Care System Office of Audit Services W-00-19-25063 2020