Children's Voice Jan/Feb 2008

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CWLA Advocacy in Support of Title IV-E Training Programs

The following is adapted from CWLA's 2007 Legislative Agenda.

Improvements and clarifications to the Title IV-E training program are necessary to improve child welfare practice and outcomes for children. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given inconsistent directions to states about the use of Title IV-E training funds; as a result, states differ considerably on how they expend these funds.

Title IV-E training should be extended to additional staff working with children in the child welfare system, including
  • short-term training for permanent guardians and staff of group care settings;

  • staff of private state-licensed or -approved child welfare agencies that provide services or care to foster and adopted children and children with guardians;

  • court staff, including judges, judicial personnel, and staff of tribal courts;

  • law enforcement personnel;

  • agency attorneys and attorneys representing parents or children in proceedings conducted by or under the supervision of an abuse or neglect court;

  • local or private nonprofit substance abuse prevention and treatment agencies;

  • mental health providers;

  • domestic violence prevention and treatment providers; and

  • health, child care, and school and community service agencies working with state or local agencies to keep children safe and provide permanent families.
The purposes of Title IV-E training need to be clarified. Current law refers to training foster or adoptive parents and group care staff to increase their ability to support children in foster care and adopted children. Change is necessary to allow eligible training to include any training intended to help states meet federal goals of safety, permanence, and well-being for children.

The current Title IV-E requirement that training expenditures be allocated in proportion to the percent of a state's caseload that is eligible for federal Title IV-E Foster Care assistance should be eliminated. This would allow states to use training funds for staff who are working with all children and families in the child welfare system to help them achieve safety, permanence, and well-being.


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