Title IV is one of 20 in the Social Security Act and addresses grants to States for services and assistance for needy families with children, and child welfare services. Title IV-E provides financial assistance to States for expenditures and payments related to:

  • foster care maintenance;
  • adoption assistance (DFPS does not contract for adoption assistance with the counties);
  • administrative costs;
  • training; and
  • independent living services program (separate contract; normally part of the PAL program).

In Texas, Title IV-E is administered by DFPS — the single state agency responsible for the IV-E program. DFPS is responsible to both the federal and state government for making sure that all of the money involved in the contract is allowable by IV-E, and serves to carry out the intent of the IV-E program. ensuring that 100% of the money involved in the contract is IV-E allowable and that it is serving the purpose of carrying out the intent of the IV-E program. Federal regulations require contract staff to conduct annual reviews of all Title IV-E contract.


[Source: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – Title IV-E Overview]