The Colorado State Board of Human Services has amended the rule regarding eligibility and requirements for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC ). The proposed amendments are seen as necessary to repeal a section of rules to comply with changes to the Federal Child Welfare Policy Manual, which eliminates the Federal requirement that the Title IV-E agencies redetermine a child’s AFDC eligibility after the child was determined to be eligible for Title IV-E at the child’s removal into foster care.
Since the establishment of the Title IV-E foster care program in 1980, eligibility has been tied to the AFDC program. An annual lookback or redetermination of AFDC eligibility has also been required for all children determined eligible for the program as long as the children are in the custody of a state’s Title IV-E agency (Colorado Department of Human Services). The change at the Federal level eliminates the need for the lookback or redetermination of AFDC eligibility after the initial eligibility determination for the Title IV-E foster care program. Previously, if a child did not meet the AFDC requirements at the annual lookback, any reimbursement of Federal Title IV-E funds would have to stop until the child once again met the AFDC eligibility requirements. The requirements that are being eliminated are the financial eligibility (income and asset maximums for a child in foster care) and the continued deprivation of parental support (through unemployment/underemployment, income, incapacity, or death).
This is seen as a significant change to the program, easing up on historic programmatic requirements. Eliminating this component of the rule will lessen the workload of county departments and Division of Youth Corrections Title IV-E eligibility staff and potentially increase Federal Title IV-E reimbursement to Colorado.
A hearing on the amended rule will be held on Friday, September 9, 2011 at the Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 1919 Quentin Street, Aurora, Colorado 80045, beginning at 10:00 am.