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Federal Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program
State Policies and Laws

Introduction

The Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance program is a formula grant that helps States, Indian Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Tribal Consortia (hereafter “Tribes”) who opt to provide guardianship assistance payments for the care of children by relatives who have assumed legal guardianship of eligible children for whom they previously cared as foster parents. Unlike Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance, the Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program is an optional program for Title IV-E agencies. The program is authorized by title IV-E of the Social Security Act, and funding is contingent upon an approved title IV-E plan to administer or supervise the administration of the program.

For those States and Tribes that opt to participate in the program, federal assistance may be used only to support the care of children discharged from foster care to legal guardianship who meet the eligibility requirements specified in the statute. Funds may also be used to support siblings of eligible children in certain situations as specified in the statute. 

As of October 2012, 31 States have submitted Title IV-E plan amendments to enable them to make claims for federal support of eligible guardianship assistance.  To-date, 30 States have been given final approval of those GAP amendments.

States may implement the GAP program through their laws, regulations or policies. CB/NRCPFC has compiled the following information from States that have been approved to operate the Title IV-E GAP program.  Based on the information provided in States’ IV-E plans, this list provides links to States’ Guardianship laws, policies, and other additional forms, such as the Guardianship Agreement.  For further information, please contact the state’s listed representative. 

To see information for a specific State, click on the State name below. Scroll down to see the complete list of information for all States.

Alabama

GAP Legislation:
Code of Alabama 1975 Section 38-21-1-41.
Title 38 Public Welfare, Chapter 12: Kinship Foster Care Program.

GAP Policy: 
Out of Home Policies and Procedures; Permanency & Concurrent Planning; Section H. Kinship Guardianship Program and Policy Requirements

GAP Agreement:
Kinship Guardianship Subsidy Agreement

Effective Date:
10/1/2010

Contact Person:
Family Services Division
(334) 242-9500

Alaska

GAP Legislation:
7 AAC 53.226  (pg 27)

GAP Policy: 
CPS Manual 6.2.2.6.B Guardianship Subsidies - Procedures

GAP Agreement:
Title IV-E Guardianship Subsidy Agreement (06-9779A)
Alaska Guardianship Information

Effective Date:
10/1/2010

Contact Person:
Gudrun Bergvall
(907) 465-3230
Gudrun.bergvall@alaska.gov

Arkansas

GAP Policy:
DCFS Policy & Procedure Manual, Policy VIII-L: Subsidized Guardianship

GAP Agreement:
Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services, Subsidized Guardianship Agreement (CFS-0435-C)

Effective Date:
11/1/2011

Contact Person:
Mona K. Davis
DCFS Planning Manager
501-682-6812
Mona.Davis@arkansas.gov

California

GAP Legislation: 
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 11385-11393

GAP Agreement:
Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) Program

Effective Date:
1/1/2011

Contact Person:
Carole Minchew, Acting Chief
Foster Care Support Services Bureau
California Department of Social Services
(916) 651-7393
carole.minchew@dss.ca.gov

Colorado

GAP Legislation:
26-5-110. Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program - Rules.
Colorado Revised Statutes: Title 26 Human Services Code: Article 5 Child Welfare Services

GAP Policy: 
7.311 Relative Guardianship Assistance Program (pg 20 of Volume 7 rule)                                                                            

GAP Agreement:
CW-RGA-2 (Title IV-E Assistance Agreement)
There are six forms for Guardianship listed on the website.

Effective Date:
10/1/2009      

Contact Person:
Mary Griffin, MSW
Program Administrator, Foster Care and Kinship Foster Care
Colorado Department of Human Services,
(303) 866-3546
mary.griffin@state.co.us

Connecticut

GAP Regulation:
DCF Agency Regulations: Subsidized Guardianship,
Section 17a-126-1. Scope of regulations

GAP Policy:
41-50-1-12: Subsidized Guardianship

GAP Agreement:
DCF-418-IG

Effective Date:
7/1/09

Contact Person:
Karen Miskunas,
Program Manager for the Adoption and Guardianship Subsidy Programs,
Department of Children and Families
505 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06106
860-550-6461
karen.miskunas@ct.gov

District of Columbia

GAP Legislation:
Adoption and Guardianship Subsidy Emergency Amendment Act of 2010
D.C.Official Code § 16-2399. Title 16. Particular Actions, Proceedings and Matters. Chapter 23.Family Division Proceedings.  Subchapter V. Permanent Guardianship.
DC Code: 29 DCMR6 1 6101.1 Eligibility
The Council of the District of Columbia website allows visitors to search for a DC Code.

GAP Policy: 
CFSA Policy: Administrative Policies, Permanency Planning, Levels of Permanency Planning, Legal Guardianship or Custody with Permanent Caregivers
DC Procedures Determining Eligibility for Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Staff” Letter from John Simmons, Business Services Administrator dated March 26, 2009 to Business Service Administration Eligibility Determination Staff.

GAP Agreement:
DC Guardianship Subsidy Agreement

Effective Date:
1/1/2009

Contact Person:
Andrea Guy
Deputy
Policy, Planning and Program Support
Child and Family Services Agency
(202) 724-7100
Andrea.Guy@DC.gov

Hawaii 

GAP Legislation:
Title 17: Dept of Human Services
Subtitle 11: Child Welfare Service Programs
17-1621-1: Chapter 1621. Permanency Assistance
17-1621-8: Eligibility Requirements for Title IV-E Kinship Guardianship Assistance

GAP Policy: 
5.2.3. Permanency Assistance

GAP Agreement:
Guardianship/Permanency Assistance Agreements

Effective Date:
4/1/2011

Contact Person:
Lee Dean
Program Development Section
Child Welfare Services Branch
Department of Human Services
808-586-5704
ldean@dhs.hawaii.gov

Dana Balansag
Management and Information Compliance Unit
Child Welfare Services Branch
Department of Human Services
808-586-5687
DBalansag@dhs.hawaii.gov

Idaho

GAP Legislation:
Public Assistance and Welfare. Hard to Place Children.
GAP Rules: Chapter 16.06.01 Child and Family Services. IDAPA 16.06.01.703.01

GAP Policy: 
Standard for Guardianship Assistance  

GAP Agreement:
Guardianship Assistance Agreement

Effective Date:
10/1/10

Contact Person:
Stephanie Miller, MSW
Adoption Assistance Specialist
MillerS2@dhw.idaho.gov

 

Illinois

GAP Legislation:
89 Illinois Administrative Code 302.410: Section 302.410 Subsidized Guardianship (KinGap)

GAP Policy: 
Eligibility Manual Chapter 15 Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program

Effective Date:
11/1/2009

Contact Person:
Cheryl McIntire
Associate Deputy of Operations-Permanency and IL Statewide Adoption Administrator
Department of Children and Family Services

Louisiana

GAP Legislation:
Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 67, Social Services

Effective Date:
10/1/10

Contact Person:
Toni Buxton, Foster Care Manager
Department of Children and Family Services

Child Welfare
627 N. 4th Street
P.O. Box 3318
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 342-4006

Maine

GAP Legislation:
Title 22 M.R.S.A. §4038-D. Guardianship Subsidy (page 53)

GAP Policy: 
Maine Child & Family Services Policy Manual, IX. A. Permanency Guardianship Policy

GAP Agreement:
Application and Agreement for Permanency Guardianship Assistance

Effective Date: 
1/1/2009

Contact Person:
Virginia S. Marriner
Director Child Welfare Policy and Practice DHHS, OCFS 
(207) 624-7931
virginia.s.marriner@maine.gov

Maryland

GAP Legislation:
Maryland Section 3-819.2

GAP Policy:
SSA Policy Directive # 11-21: Guardianship Assistance Program
Kinship Care Manual

GAP Agreement:
Maryland Guardianship Agreement DHR/SSA 2039 Form

Effective Date:
10/1/2009

Contact Person:
Sean Bloodsworth
sbloodsw@dhr.state.md.us
(410) 767-7912

Massachusetts

GAP Legislation:
Guardianship Subsidy Regulations 110 CMR 7.303(3)

GAP Policy:
DCF Guardianship Subsidy Policy

GAP Agreement:
Guardianship Subsidy Agreement

Effective Date:
7/1/09

Contact Person:
Leo Farley,
Adoption, Foster Care and Adolescent Services
MA Department of Children and Families
600 Washington Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02111
 617-748-2267
Leo.Farley@state.ma.us

Michigan

GAP Legislation: 
Michigan Compiled Laws Guardianship Assistance Act 260 of 2008
Section 722.87

GAP Policy:  
Child Guardianship Manual 
GDM 700 Juvenile Guardianship Assistance program overview 
GDM 715 Juvenile Guardianship Assistance Eligibility
GDM 600 Juvenile Guardianship

Juvenile Guardianship Forms

GAP Agreement:
Guardianship Subsidy Agreement

Effective Date: 
1/12/2010

Contact Person:
Cathe Hoover 
Adoption, Guardianship and Permanency Program Manager
(517) 241-8817
Hooverc3@michigan.gov

Missouri

GAP Policy: 
Subsidized Guardianship Funding for Child Welfare Manual, Chapter 17, page 80 through page 83

Effective Date:
1/1/2009

Contact Person:
Sheila Tannehill
Sheila.A.Tannehill@dss.mo.gov

Montana

GAP Legislation:
Mont. Code Ann 41-3-444             

GAP Policy: 
Child and Family Services Policy Manual:  Substitute Care for Children Guardianship
Form 407-2

GAP Agreement:
Subsidized Guardianship Agreement DPHHS-CFS-131

Effective Date:
10/1/2009

Contact Person:
Jackie Stoeckel
Foster Care Program Manager
DPHHS - Child & Family Services - Program Bureau
PO Box 8005, Helena, MT 59604
(406) 841-2402
FAX (406) 841-2487
JStoeckel@mt.gov

Nebraska

GAP Policy:
Administrative Memo #5-2011

GAP Agreement:
Federal Kinship Guardianship Assistance Agreement

Effective Date:
10/1/2009

Contact Person:
Margaret Bitz
Department of Health and Human Services
(402) 471-9457
margaret.bitz@nebraska.gov

New Jersey

GAP Legislation:
NJ Chapter 132A  Legal Guardianship

GAP Policy:
DYFS 1500.10 Eligibility Criteria for Title IV-E Kinship GAP

GAP Agreement:
KLG Subsidy Agreement (DYFS 4-8) English, Spanish
KLG Subsidy Program Title IV-E Assistance Eligibility Determination

Effective Date:
10/1/2009

Contact Person: 
Alfonso Nicholas
Assistant Director of Revenue
Alfonso.Nicholas@dcf.state.nj.us

New York

GAP Legislation: 
Social Service Law Title 10, Section 458a-f. 
SSL 458-a-458-f Kinship Guardianship  Assistance  Program

GAP Policy:  
18NYCRR  Part 436 Kinship  Guardianship  Assistance  Program

Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP) Administrative Directive

GAP Agreement: 
KinshipGuardianship Assistance and Non-Recurring Guardianship Expenses Agreement (OCFS 4431)

Effective Date: 
4/1/11

Contact Person: 
Lynn Baniak 
Policy Analyst
Strategic Planning & Policy Development
NYS Office of Children & Family Services
(518) 474-9435
Lynn.Baniak@ocfs.state.ny.us

Oklahoma

GAP Legislation:
Oklahoma Statues Citation, Children and Juvenile Code, Sections 1-4-709  Required Conditions for Establishing Permanent Guardianship- Rights and Responsibilities of Permanent Guardian

§ 1-4-710. Motion for Permanent Guardianship - Notice of Hearing - Home Assessment - Required Findings - Visitation - Order

GAP Policy:
340:75-6-31.4.c. Title IV-E Subsidized Guardianship

GAP Agreement:
Subsidized Guardianship Agreement

Effective Date:
7/1/2010

Contact Person:
Millie Carpenter,
Programs Manager for Permanency Planning
OKDHS Child Welfare Services
405.521.4254
Millie.Carpenter@okdhs.org  

Oregon

GAP Legislation:
Oregon Annotated Rules 413-100-0000 to 413-100-0320
Title IV-E Foster Care, Adoption Assistance, and Guardianship Assistance Eligibility – Temporary OAR

GAP Agreement:
Oregon Guardianship Assistance Agreement (CF 0971A)

Effective Date:
1/1/2009

Contact Person:
Kathy Prouty
Adoption Program Manager
Department of Human Services
kathy.prouty@state.or.us

Pennsylvania

GAP Policy:
Permanent Legal Custodian Policy 3130-10-02

GAP Agreement:
Subsidy Agreement for Permanent Legal Custodian OCYF Bulletin 3130-10-02

Effective Date:
9/17/2009

Contact Person: 
For program related information, contact: 
Lauren L. Cummings
lacummings@pa.gov

For fiscal related information, contact: 
TaWonda Jones-Williams 
TJONESWILL@state.pa.us

Rhode Island

GAP Legislation:
40-11-12.3  Guardianship subsidy

GAP Policy:
Legal Guardianship and Kinship Guardianship Assistance Policy: 700.0045
Kinship Care Policy: 900.0025

GAP Agreement:
Guardianship Assistance Agreement

Effective Date:
7/20/2009

Contact Person:
Diane Savage
Post Adoption Manager 
diane.savage@dcyf.ri.gov

South Dakota

GAP Policy:           
Child Protection Services – Policy and Procedures Manual – Foster Care and Kinship – pages124

GAP Agreement:
Guardianship Assistance Program Agreement (DSS-CP-526  07/10)

Effective Date:
1/1/2010

Contact Person:
Virgena Wieseler
Director of the Division of Child Protection Services
(605) 773.7227
 Virgena.Wieseler@state.sd.us

Tennessee

GAP Policy:
Subsidized Permanent Guardianship Administrative Policies and Procedures: 16. 39
Permanent Guardianship Overview
Comparison Chart Adoption and Guardianship
Tennessee Guardianship Website 

Effective Date:
11/5/2009

Contact Person:
John Johnson
Department of Children’s Services
John.Johnson@tn.gov

Texas
*Guardianship Assistance Program is referred to as Permanency Care Assistance.

GAP Legislation:
Permanency Care Assistance Program Rules
Texas Family Code 264.852 - Permanency Care Assistance Agreements

GAP Policy:
Child Protective Services Handbook 1580 - Permanency Care Assistance
6322.7 Obtaining Permanency Care Assistance

GAP Agreement:
Texas Permanency Care Assistance Agreement

Effective Date: 
10/1/2010

Contact Person:
Larry Burgess, MSSW, LCSW
DFPS CPS Fostering Connections Program Specialist Lead (W-157)
(512) 438-5320
Lawrence.Burgess@dfps.state.tx.us

Vermont

GAP Legislation:
L14 V.S.A. § 2664. Creation of permanent guardianship

GAP Policy:
Vermont Family Services Policy Manual 300, Section 7: Permanent Guardianship Assistance

GAP Agreement: Family Services Division Guardianship Assistance Agreement

Effective Date:
7/1/2010

Contact Person:
Cindy Walcott
Deputy Commissioner for Family Services
Department for Children and Families
cindy.walcott@state.vt.us
(802) 769-6502

Washington
 
GAP Legislation:
RCW 13.34.234 Guardianship for dependent child — Dependency guardianship subsidies.

GAP Policy:
Section 43400.  Guardianship
Section 43401.  Relative Guardianship Assistance Program (R-GAP)

GAP Agreement:
Relative Guardianship Assistance Program (RGAP) Agreement

Effective Date: 
10/1/2009

Contact Person:
Debbie Willis
Policy Program Manager
Department of Health and Social Services
WIDD300@dshs.wa.gov

Wisconsin

Gap Legislation:
Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations- Chapter 48 Children’s Code, Subchapter XIV Foster Homes, Section 48.623 Subsidized guardianships.

GAP Policy:
DSP Memo Series 2011-09: Subsidized Guardianship

GAP Agreement:
DCF-F-CFS2365-E, Subsidized Guardianship Agreement

Contact Person:
Michelle M Rawlings
Research and Program Operations Section
Division of Safety and Permanence
Department of Children and Families
Michelle.rawlings@wisconsin.gov
(608) 264-9846

Last updated 11-6-13