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ACF Announces Date of 2018 Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Review for NYS

The federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has posted the schedule for the 2018 Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Review for New York State. The FCER will be held September 17-21, 2018. During this five-day period, ACF will be on-site reviewing a sample of 80 cases where at least one Title IV-E maintenance payment was made during the six-month period under review. The threshold for failure is more than four cases not passing the review.

As with the last review, New York City (ACS) will not be included due to continuation of the Title IV-E waiver demonstration project. Therefore, the 80-case sample will be from all districts outside of New York City.

The 2018 FCER Period Under Review (PUR) is October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. For the state to be found in substantial compliance, no more than four cases can be found to be in error.

Staff from OCFS have been working with district staff in preparation for the upcoming FCER. We have conducted a Dress Rehearsal on Foster Care Eligibility, a Self-Assessment for all districts including NYC, and have been working closely with districts to identify eligibility/claiming issues to be corrected in advance of the PUR. OCFS will continue to provide technical assistance and encourages districts to take the necessary steps to assure compliance with federal requirements.

The OCFS Bureau of Financial Operations' (BFO) Title IV-E Unit is available to provide technical assistance and support to all districts working to gather case documentation. Please contact the Title IV-E Unit with any questions regarding the Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility review and the PUR at:

Purchase of Service Types coding questions may be emailed to:


What is Title IV-E?

Title IV-E of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 671-679b) is an important funding stream for foster care costs. It provides for federal reimbursement for a portion of the maintenance and administrative costs of foster care for children who meet specified federal eligibility requirements. In New York, the federal share is 50%. The federal funds help offset the State and local costs of providing foster care to children. However, not all children in foster care in New York are eligible for federal Title IV-E reimbursement.

These pages are a resource to assist OCFS, local districts and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, along with the other interested parties, to achieve the goals and action steps for continued compliance with federal standards and a successful federal review.