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Do out of home voluntary services qualify for Title IV-E Prevention Funding?

No. In California, a voluntary placement, as defined in WIC §11400(o)), is considered a foster care placement under 42 U.S.C. § 672(a)(2) and 45 C.F.R. Part 1355.20 of the Social Security Act.  Under federal program instructions set forth in ACYF-CB-PI-18-09, “a child may not be simultaneously in foster care and a ‘child who is a candidate for foster care,’ and therefore, a child who is placed out-of-home in a voluntary placement and their parent/kin caregiver will not be eligible to receive Title IV-E prevention services but may receive voluntary services funded by other sources.