According to EC § 42925, FYSCPs shall to the extent possible, develop and enter into a memorandum of understanding, contract, or formal agreement with the county child welfare agency pursuant to which foster youth services coordinating program funds shall be used, to the maximum extent possible, to leverage funds received pursuant to Title IV–E of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 670 et seq.) and any other funds that may be used to specifically address the educational needs of pupils in foster care, or they shall explain in writing, annually, why a memorandum of understanding is not practical or feasible.
Title IV-E of the Social Security Act (SSA) also addresses major components of child welfare. Its focus is on providing safe and stable out-of-home care for children who are in out-of-home care due to child maltreatment or other circumstances until they are able to achieve permanency in their placement by being safely returned home, placed permanently with adoptive families, or placed in other planned arrangements. According to the Chief Probation Officers of California:
Title IV-E provides for federal reimbursement for portions of “Maintenance” and “Administrative” costs incurred by public agencies for working with children in foster care or at imminent risk of foster care.
Title IV-E funds are available for:
Monthly maintenance payments for the daily care and supervision of eligible children
Administrative costs to manage the program
Training of staff and foster care providers
Recruitment of foster and adoptive parents
Adoption assistance Implementation and operation of a Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS)
CDSS Letters & NoticesUtilizing Title IV-E Funding To Support County Foster Youth Services Coordinating Programs (Includes sample MOU)County Welfare Department (CWD) County Expense Claim (CEC) Time Study And Claiming Instructions For The March 2017 QuarterTitle IV-E Reimbursement Of Administrative Costs For Pre-Placement Prevention