Federal Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program

NRCPFC Webpage on Federal Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program State Policies and Laws

The Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance program is a formula grant that helps States, Indian Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Tribal Consortia who opt to provide guardianship assistance payments for the care of children by relatives who have assumed legal guardianship of eligible children for whom they previously cared as foster parents. Unlike Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance, the Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program is an optional program for Title IV-E agencies. The program is authorized by title IV-E of the Social Security Act, and funding is contingent upon an approved title IV-E plan to administer or supervise the administration of the program. For those States and Tribes that opt to participate in the program, federal assistance may be used only to support the care of children discharged from foster care to legal guardianship who meet the eligibility requirements specified in the statute. Funds may also be used to support siblings of eligible children in certain situations as specified in the statute. Last year, Children's Bureau/NRCPFC compiled information from States that were approved to operate the Title IV-E GAP program. CB/NRCPFC recently updated this webpage.

As of October 2012, 31 States have submitted Title IV-E plan amendments to enable them to make claims for federal support of eligible guardianship assistance. To-date, 30 States have been given final approval of those GAP amendments. States may implement the GAP program through their laws, regulations, or policies. Based on the information provided in States IV-E plans, this NRCPFC webpage provides links to States Guardianship laws, policies, and other additional forms, such as the Guardianship Agreement.