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Audit of States' Efforts To Locate IV-E Eligible Children Missing From Foster Care

Title IV-E of the Social Security Act established the Federal Foster Care Program, which helps States provide safe and stable out-of-home care for children who meet certain eligibility requirements until they are safely returned home, placed permanently with adoptive families, or placed in other planned arrangements. We will conduct a survey examining the policies and procedures that State agencies adopted pertaining to reporting and locating children missing from foster care placements during the period July 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. We will use the responses obtained from State agencies to provide Federal, State and local decisionmakers insight into the issues surrounding children missing from foster care and share approaches for addressing those issues in order to reduce the number of and improve outcomes for children missing from foster care. We will also examine whether State agencies are reporting children missing from foster care to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and to the National Crime Information Center as required by Federal law.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Completed Administration for Children and Families Audit of States' Efforts To Locate IV-E Eligible Children Missing From Foster Care Office of Audit Services W-00-20-20027;