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Welcome to OCFS Bureau of Financial Operations-Title IV-E home page.

This page has the most current information related to Title IV-E and The federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration of Children and Families (ACF).

Please Note: The correct email address for the dedicated Title IV-E mailbox is: Title.IVE@ocfs.ny.gov

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.


Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the 2021 federal Foster Care Eligibility Review is temporarily delayed. An update will be provided when we receive notification from the federal Administration for Children’s Services.


General Information System Messages

These policies provide guidance to local departments of social services regarding the payment and reimbursement of respite care and services provided for foster care children. You can access these and other GIS policies with this link (requires NYENET access): GIS System Change Notices