Federal Social Security Title IV-E funds subsidize child welfare services to keep children in their families when possible, provide permanency planning services, and place children in out-of-home care. Public child welfare services are those provided by state or county child protection, foster care, adoption and family services agencies. Title IV-E funds may also be used to support educational and training efforts for the current and future child welfare workforce, including:
- direct financial assistance (stipends) to undergraduate and graduate students,
- curriculum development, and
- field instruction.