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IV-E Foster Care

IV-E Foster Care (F case type)

IV-E foster care is a case that qualifies for federal funding. A case qualifies for federal funding when the income and resources of the home from which the child was removed meets the qualifications of the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program using the rules in effect as of July 16, 1996 (the AFDC program preceded the current Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program).

When a child is placed in IV-E foster care, current support is retained. The following must be done in OSIS:

  • Verify that the foster care medical case (C/H number) is cross-referenced with the family group number (FGN) so an ‘F’ case type will display on CSML.
  • If a new case needs to be built against the custodial person (CP) (when the CP has now become the non-custodial parent [NCP]), ‘Other OCSS’ should be entered as the CP. Do not add a Department Client Number (DCN) or address for ‘Other OCSS’ (so payments will not erroneously issue).
    • Result: If an OSIS update causes current support to become issuable, payments received will be placed on the undistributed list if no address is available. Review placement and make necessary updates.
  • The CHU screen will be updated with ‘DHS’ custody for all children included in the juvenile case.

For information on how to differentiate between IV-E and Non IV-E, see “Research Tools – Foster Care Inquiry” training article.

Note: The difference between a child placed in DHS custody and a child placed in the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) custody is that DHS is to provide the protection and care of homeless, dependent and neglected children and OJA is to provide for the protection and care of juveniles alleged or adjudicated to be delinquent or in need of supervision.

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