Notice for Public Comment Request: Adoption Assistance, Child Fatalities

| March 31, 2015

Please find below two notices for public comment, the first on Title IV-e adoption assistance program, the second on public disclosure of findings or information about a case of child abuse or neglect which results in a child fatality or near fatality.

1) A Notice for Public Comment on the title IV-E adoption assistance program is now on public display:

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/31/2015-07389/title-iv-e-adoption-assistance-programs-suspension-and-termination-policies-public-comments.

The Notice announces the opportunity for public comment about the title IV-E adoption assistance suspension and termination policies.  We invite agencies and stakeholders to share their experiences and concerns about how title IV-E agencies implement the suspension and termination policies, and any difficulties they have had ensuring that they are paying title IV-E adoption assistance funds appropriately. We also invite comment about the adoption assistance program generally.

The Notice for Public Comment will formally publish in the Federal Register on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at which point comments can be submitted via www.regulations.gov.

2) The Children’s Bureau is asking for comments on proposed guidance regarding child fatalities (see attached). Comments are due on or before June 29, 2015.

We encourage stakeholder respondents to address the following questions:

  • Please describe any challenges you’ve had obtaining information about child fatalities and near fatalities which resulted from child abuse and neglect from a state. Have there been improvements in obtaining the information since CB revised the policy in CWPM section 2.1.A in September 2012?
  • What concerns, if any, do you have with the definition of near fatalities in a state?
  • Has a state responded that the state cannot disclose information due to confidentiality protections? If so, describe the information requested and the confidentiality provision cited by the state.
  • Does your state offer a public report of the child fatalities review panel/commission? If so, does the report contain the required disclosure of information? Is the report a barrier to obtaining information?

 

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