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    Subject Term: "Child welfare agencies"

    1 publication with a total of 1 open recommendation
    Director: Kay Brown
    Phone: (202) 512-7215

    1 open recommendations
    Recommendation: To help improve tribes' ability to maintain safe, stable, and permanent care for children, the Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Children's Bureau to explore the reasons for low tribal participation and identify actions to increase this participation in the title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program.

    Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
    Status: Open

    Comments: HHS agreed with this recommendation. HHS reported that it would take several actions: 1) task the Tribal Workgroup with identifying reasons for low tribal participation in GAP and identifying actions to increase participation in GAP; 2) improve its website offerings on Tribal IV-E, including providing the briefing materials as well direct IV-E and pass-through related products created by the CB Central and Regional Offices and the Capacity Building Center for Tribes; 3) improve coordination with non-governmental organizations that provide technical assistance and direct outreach to tribes for Title IV-E; and 4) encourage states to work with tribes on GAP. HHS noted that some states have already developed GAP frequently asked questions, practice guides, and other GAP support products to raise awareness and engage tribal interest in GAP. GAO awaits documentation that these actions have been completed. The agency also hopes to host a national tribal consultation to solicit feedback and determine priorities to address tribal participation in GAP; and develop a strategy for serving tribes interested in and implementing IV-E, including GAP, to be posted on the website. GAO will close this recommendation when the agency shows that these efforts have been completed.