Children’s Bureau: Law and Policies

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Laws & Policies

The Children’s Bureau provides guidance to states, tribes, child welfare agencies, and more on the complex and varied federal laws as they relate to child welfare.

What’s New in Laws & Policies

This page provides resources and information about new federal legislation, regulations, and Children’s Bureau policies.

Child Welfare Policy Manual

The Child Welfare Policy Manual contains mandatory policies that are based in federal law and/or program regulations. It also provides interpretations of federal laws and program regulations initiated by inquiries from state and tribal child welfare agencies or ACF Regional Offices.

Policy/Program Issuances

The Children’s Bureau issues guidance to title IV-E and title IV-B agencies on the administration of child welfare grant programs in the following formats:

  • Action Transmittals (AT)
  • Information Memoranda (IM)
  • Policy Guides and Manuals (PGM)
  • Program Instructions (PI)
  • Program Regulations (PR)
  • Federal Register Notices

Federal Laws

Title IV-E and IV-B agencies are…

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