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HHS Re-Issues Guidance on Kinship Care

On Friday, February 19, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) replaced their earlier guidance (ACYF-CB-PI-08-007, December 24, 2008) with new guidance that will now allow states to convert legal guardianships that existed prior to the time a state amended their state plan to implement the new Title IV-E kinship guardianship option in the Fostering Connections Act.

Previous to this reconsideration by HHS, the new kinship program could cover only those guardianship arrangements entered into after a state had amended their state plan.

CWLA had worked with key partners especially in California and including Capitol Hill staff and members of the Administration to revise the earlier guidance from 2008. We are pleased that ACF was responsive to these concerns. Because of this action some current families in kinship/guardianship arrangements will benefit from this revision and better services. Families and children must still meet all the requirements as outlined in this guidance but this new instruction will help states and families that had been denied earlier support.

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