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​​Title IV-E Requirements and Resources

Title IV-E is a federal funding program that helps states pay for the costs of certain children who are removed from their home due to child abuse or neglect.  Title IV-E eligibility is based on meeting certain criteria when the child is initially removed from his or her home and placed under the care and placement of the Department of Health & Human Services.
An essential component to meeting the criteria for eligibility are the courts orders with required judicial findings.  The State Court Administrative Office has approved a number of relevant court orders, which meet the federal requirements.  Use of these SCAO-Approved court orders will aid the courts in meeting all federal and state requirements when children are removed from the home.  Search for the SCAO-Approved court order forms.
The Child Welfare Services division provides training on Title IV-E requirements, shares information with local courts and the Department of Health and Human Services, and collaborates with the Michigan tribal courts by including them in trainings and providing assistance as they apply for their own individual Title IV-E federal contracts.
Periodically, the federal government conducts an audit to ensure that states are spending the federal funding correctly and following the federal guidelines required to obtain the funding. Collaboration and communication between the courts and the Department of Health and Human Services is critical to a successful audit.  Child Welfare Services works closely with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services to ensure collaboration is taking place at the local level.  The last federal audit was conducted in 2016 and the next audit will occur in 2019.

​​Title IV-E Refresher Training

This training will provide an overview of Title IV-E rules and regulations. Judicial findings, best practices, and compliant court orders will be discussed. 
The training is approximately one hour and 40 minutes long.

Click on the title below to download the PowerPoint presentation referenced in the video below:


 SCAO-CWS Title IV-E Refresher Training



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Casey Anbender


(517) 373-5234