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Union Calendar No. 444
102d CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 3603
[Report No. 102-684, Parts I and II]
A BILL
To promote family preservation and the prevention of foster care with emphasis
on families where abuse of alcohol or drugs is present, and to improve the
quality and delivery of child welfare, foster care, and adoption services.
July 31, 1992
Reported from the Committee on Education and Labor with amendments, committed
to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered
to be printed
HR 3603 RH
Union Calendar No. 444
102d CONGRESS
2d Session
 H. R. 3603
[Report No. 102-684, Parts I and II]
To promote family preservation and the prevention of foster care with emphasis
on families where abuse of alcohol or drugs is present, and to improve the
quality and delivery of child welfare, foster care, and adoption services.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 22, 1991
Mr. DOWNEY (for himself, Mr. FORD of Tennessee, Mrs. KENNELLY, Mr. ANDREWS
of Texas, Mr. LEVIN of Michigan, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. MOODY, and Mr. MATSUI)
introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways
and Means
June 22, 1992
Additional sponsors: Mr. KOPETSKI, Mr. HAYES of Illinois, Mr. JEFFERSON,
Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Ms. PELOSI, Mr. STARK, Mr. LAFALCE,
Mr. FEIGHAN, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr. HOCHBRUECKNER, Mr. WILSON,
Mr. BROWN, Mr. RAVENEL, Ms. NORTON, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. JONES of Georgia,
Mr. MCCLOSKEY, Mr. ANDREWS of Maine, Mr. OBERSTAR, Mr. MARKEY, Mr. ENGEL,
Mr. LEHMAN of Florida, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr. RANGEL,
Mr. RAHALL, Mr. STUDDS, Mr. ROSE, Mr. SABO, Mrs. UNSOELD, Mr. HUBBARD,
Mrs. COLLINS of Michigan, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. MAVROULES, Mr. CONYERS,
Mr. WOLPE, Mr. BONIOR, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. SAVAGE, Mr. KILDEE, Mr. FRANK of
Massachusetts, Mrs. LOWEY of New York, and Mr. Yates
July 22, 1992
Reported with an amendment, referred to the Committee on Education and Labor
for a period ending not later than July 31, 1992, for consideration of such
provisions of section 404 of the amendment  recommended by the Committee on
Ways and Means as fall within the jurisdiction of that committee pursuant
to clause 1(g), rule X
[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed
in italic]
 July 31, 1992
Reported  from the Committee on Education and Labor with amendments,
committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union,
and ordered to be printed
[Omit the part struck through in italic and insert the part printed in
boldface italic]
[For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on October
22, 1991]
A BILL
To promote family preservation and the prevention of foster care with emphasis
on families where abuse of alcohol or drugs is present, and to improve the
quality and delivery of child welfare, foster care, and adoption services.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS; AMENDMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY ACT.
  (a) SHORT TITLE- This Act may be cited as the `Family Preservation Act
  of 1992'.
  (b) TABLE OF CONTENTS-
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents; amendment of Social Security Act.
TITLE I--CHILD WELFARE SERVICES
Sec. 101. Entitlement funding for child welfare services to strengthen and
preserve families.
Sec. 102. Required protections for foster children.
Sec. 103. Reports on child welfare services and expenditures.
Sec. 104. Enhancing court procedures.
Sec. 105. State directory of services.
Sec. 106. States required to report on measures taken to comply with the
Indian Child Welfare Act.
TITLE II--FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION ASSISTANCE
Sec. 201. Comprehensive service projects.
Sec. 202. Abandoned children.
Sec. 203. Clarification of removal from home requirement.
Sec. 204. Dissolved adoptions.
Sec. 205. Respite care.
Sec. 206. Extension of definition of children with special needs.
Sec. 207. Study of reasonable efforts requirement by advisory committee.
Sec. 208. Automated systems.
Sec. 209. Periodic reevaluation of foster care maintenance payments.
Sec. 210. Accelerated dispositional hearing.
Sec. 211. Periodic review of children free for adoption.
Sec. 212. Time frame for judicial determinations on voluntary placements.
Sec. 213. Placement accountability.
Sec. 214. Treatment of assets of youth participating in independent living
program.
Sec. 215. Elimination of foster care ceilings and of authority to transfer
unused foster care funds to child welfare services programs.
Sec. 216. Regulations for training of agency staff and of foster and adoptive
parents.
Sec. 217. Publication of program data.
Sec. 218. Review of child welfare activities.
TITLE III--SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT
Sec. 301. Title XX social services block grant.
TITLE IV--RESEARCH, DEMONSTRATION, AND EVALUATION
Sec. 401. Advisory Commission on Children and Families.
Sec. 402. Research and evaluations to be conducted by the Advisory Commission
on Children and Families.
Sec. 403. Other research and evaluations.
Sec. 404. Child welfare demonstration projects.
Sec. 405. Technical assistance.
TITLE V--MISCELLANEOUS HUMAN RESOURCES AMENDMENTS
Sec. 501. State option to use retrospective budgeting without monthly
reporting under AFDC program.
Sec. 502. Increase in stepparent income disregard under AFDC program.
Sec. 503. Extension of period for demonstration projects for evaluating
model procedures for reviewing child support awards.
Sec. 504. Technical corrections related to the income security and human
resources provisions of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990.
Sec. 505. Technical corrections related to the human resource and income
security provisions of Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989.
TITLE VI--FUNDING
Sec. 601. Surtax on individuals with incomes over $1,000,000.
  (c) AMENDMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY ACT- Except as otherwise expressly provided,
  wherever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an
  amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference
  shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the
  Social Security Act.
TITLE I--CHILD WELFARE SERVICES
SEC. 101. ENTITLEMENT FUNDING FOR CHILD WELFARE SERVICES DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN
AND PRESERVE FAMILIES.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Part B of title IV (42 U.S.C. 620-628) is amended--
  (1) by striking the heading and inserting the following:
`PART B--CHILD WELFARE AND FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES
`Subpart 1--Child Welfare Services';
  (2) in section 423(a), by striking `this part' and inserting `this subpart';
  (3) in section 428(b), by inserting `or 432, as appropriate' after `421'; and
  (4) by adding at the end the following:
`Subpart 2--Family Preservation Services
`SEC. 430. ENTITLEMENT.
  `(a) IN GENERAL- For payments to which States are entitled under this
  subpart, there shall be available to the Secretary an amount equal to the
  sum of--
  `(1) the basic entitlement amount for the fiscal year; and
  `(2) the additional entitlement amount for the fiscal year.
  `(b) DEFINITIONS- As used in subsection (a):
  `(1) BASIC ENTITLEMENT AMOUNT- The term `basic entitlement amount' means--
  `(A) for fiscal year 1993, $200,000,000;
  `(B) for fiscal year 1994, $350,000,000;
  `(C) for fiscal year 1995, $450,000,000;
  `(D) for fiscal year 1996, $550,000,000;
  `(E) for fiscal year 1997, $600,000,000; and
  `(F) for fiscal year 1998 and each succeeding fiscal year, $600,000,000,
  increased by the percentage (if any) by which--
  `(i) the average of the Consumer Price Index (as defined in section 1(f)(5)
  of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) for the 12-month period ending on
  July 31 of the immediately preceding fiscal year; exceeds
  `(ii) the average of the Consumer Price Index (as so defined) for the
  12-month period ending on July 31, 1995.
  `(2) ADDITIONAL ENTITLEMENT AMOUNT- The term `additional entitlement amount'
  means, with respect to a fiscal year, 60 percent of the amount (if any) by
  which the adjusted baseline amount for the fiscal year exceeds the sum of--
  `(A) the aggregate amount of Federal outlays under part E for the fiscal
  year; and
  `(B) the aggregate of the amounts calculated pursuant to section 441(d)(1)(B)
  with respect to any State for the fiscal year.
  `(3) ADJUSTED BASELINE AMOUNT- The term `adjusted baseline amount' means,
  with respect to a fiscal year, the sum of--
  `(A) the baseline amount for the fiscal year; and
  `(B) the adjustment amount for the fiscal year.
  `(4) BASELINE AMOUNT- The term `baseline amount' means--
  `(A) for fiscal year 1993, $2,775,000,000;
  `(B) for fiscal year 1994, $3,122,000,000;
  `(C) for fiscal year 1995, $3,519,000,000;
  `(D) for fiscal year 1996, $3,952,000,000;
  `(E) for fiscal year 1997, $4,416,000,000; and
  `(F) for each of fiscal years 1998 and 1999, $4,416,000,000, increased by
  the percentage (if any) by which the GDP deflator for the 12-month period
  ending on March 31 of the calendar year in which the fiscal year begins
  exceeds the GDP deflator for the 12-month period ending on March 31, 1997.
  `(5) ADJUSTMENT AMOUNT- The term `adjustment amount' means--
  `(A) for fiscal year 1993, $227,000,000;
  `(B) for fiscal year 1994, $222,000,000;
  `(C) for fiscal year 1995, $181,000,000;
  `(D) for fiscal year 1996, $261,000,000;
  `(E) for fiscal year 1997, $336,000,000; and
  `(F) for each of fiscal years 1998 and 1999, $336,000,000, increased by
  the percentage (if any) by which the GDP deflator for the 12-month period
  ending on March 31 of the calendar year in which the fiscal year begins
  exceeds the GDP deflator for the 12-month period ending on March 31, 1997.
  `(6) GDP DEFLATOR- The term `GDP deflator' means the GDP deflator published
  by the Department of Commerce.
`SEC. 431. ANNUAL SUBMISSION OF STATE PLAN AMENDMENTS.
  `To be eligible to receive its share of the funds available for expenditure
  under this subpart for a fiscal year after fiscal year 1993, a State shall
  annually submit to the Secretary, as an amendment to the State plan under
  this part, and in such form as the Secretary may require by regulation,
  a comprehensive family services plan that contains--
  `(1) an assessment, as of the beginning of the fiscal year, of--
  `(A) the service needs of families in the State any child of which has
  been or is at risk of being placed outside the home; and
  `(B) the need for substance abuse treatment services for such families;
  `(2) a description of the service programs available in the State, as
  of the beginning of the fiscal year, that address the service needs of
  such families;
  `(3) the State's goals for the 5-year period beginning with the fiscal
  year for increasing the number and capacity of such service programs;
  `(4) a strategy for the fiscal year to improve the coordination of services
  to such families with other State programs and services;
  `(5) a certification from the Governor of the State that the State has
  provided for appropriate coordination of State substance abuse treatment
  programs and such service programs;
  `(6) an assurance that the State will not use any funds provided under this
  subpart to supplant Federal, State, or local funds used for similar purposes;
  `(7) an explanation of how the Federal assistance provided under this
  section will, during the fiscal year, expand services available to such
  families, including--
  `(A) a description of the service programs to be provided with funds
  provided under this section;
  `(B) the goals of such programs; and
  `(C) a description of the populations to which the programs will be targeted,
  with an assurance that such populations will consist of--
  `(i) families any child of which is, has been, or is at risk of being
  placed, in foster care; and
  `(ii) at the option of the State, families any child of which is, has been,
  or is at risk of being placed, in the care of a mental health or juvenile
  justice agency; and
  `(8) such other information as the Secretary may require by regulation.
`SEC. 432. ALLOTMENTS TO STATES.
  `The Secretary shall allot the sum made available pursuant to section 430
  for any fiscal year, for use by cooperating State public welfare agencies
  which have plans developed jointly by the State agency and the Secretary
  and which are located in States that are in compliance with section 431,
  as follows:
  `(1) ALLOTMENTS TO TERRITORIES- The allotment for any fiscal year to each
  of the jurisdictions of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Northern
  Mariana Islands, and American Samoa shall be determined in the same manner
  in which the allotment to the jurisdiction was determined under section 421.
  `(2) OTHER ALLOTMENTS-
  `(A) IN GENERAL- The allotment for any fiscal year to each other State
  shall be the amount equal to--
  `(i) the sum made available pursuant to section 430 for the fiscal year
  that remains unallotted after the application of paragraph (1) of this
  section; multiplied by
  `(ii) the food stamp percentage of the State for the fiscal year.
  `(B) FOOD STAMP PERCENTAGE DEFINED- As used in subparagraph (A)(ii), the
  term `food stamp percentage' means, with respect to a State and a fiscal
  year, the average number of children receiving food stamp benefits in the
  State for the 4th, 3rd, and 2nd preceding fiscal years, as determined from
  sample surveys made under section 16(c) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977,
  expressed as a percentage of the average number of children receiving
  food stamp benefits in all of the States (to which this paragraph applies)
  for such preceding fiscal years, as so determined.
`SEC. 433. REALLOTMENTS.
  `(a) IN GENERAL- The amount of any allotment to a State under section
  432 for any fiscal year which the State certifies will not be required
  for carrying out the State plan under this part shall be available for
  reallotment, from time to time, on such dates as the Secretary may fix,
  to other States which the Secretary determines--
  `(1) are in compliance with section 431 for the fiscal year;
  `(2) need sums exceeding the sums allotted to such States under sections
  421 and 432, in carrying out their State plans under this part; and
  `(3) will be able to use such excess sums during the fiscal year.
  `(b) DISTRIBUTION FORMULA- Any amount available for reallotment shall be
  reallotted among the other States referred to in subsection (a) on the
  same basis as allotments are made under section 432.
  `(c) TREATMENT OF REALLOTMENTS- Any amount reallotted to a State under this
  section is deemed to be part of the allotment of the State under section 432.
`SEC. 434. PAYMENTS TO STATES.
  `(a) BASIC ENTITLEMENT AMOUNT-
  `(1) IN GENERAL- From the sums appropriated therefor not exceeding the basic
  entitlement amount (as defined in section 430(b)(1)) and the allotment under
  this subpart of the basic entitlement amount, each State which has a plan
  developed in accordance with section 422 and is in compliance with section
  431 for a fiscal year shall be entitled to receive from the Secretary, and
  the Secretary shall from time to time pay to each such State, an amount
  equal to 75 percent of the total amount expended by the State during the
  fiscal year under the plan (including administrative costs) in accordance
  with section 435.
  `(2) ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS-
  `(A) ESTIMATES- Before each calendar quarter, the Secretary shall estimate
  the amount to be paid to each State under this subsection for the quarter.
  `(B) PAYMENTS- From that portion of the allotment of each State that is
  attributable to the basic entitlement amount, the Secretary shall pay
  the amount estimated under subparagraph (A), reduced or increased, as the
  case may be, by any sum (not previously adjusted under this subsection)
  by which the Secretary finds that any such estimate for a prior quarter
  was greater or less than the amount which should have been paid to the
  State under this subsection for such prior quarter.
  `(b) ADDITIONAL ENTITLEMENT AMOUNT- From the sums appropriated therefor
  equal to the additional entitlement amount (as defined in section 430(b)(2))
  and the allotment under this subpart of the additional entitlement amount,
  each State which has a plan developed in accordance with section 422 and
  is in compliance with section 431 for a fiscal year shall be entitled to
  receive from the Secretary, and the Secretary shall, within 3 months after
  the end of the fiscal year, pay to each such State, the amount allotted
  to the State from the additional entitlement amount.
`SEC. 435. USE OF FUNDS.
  `(a) BASIC ENTITLEMENT AMOUNT- Each State which receives funds paid to
  the State under section 434(a) shall--
  `(1) use part (but not all) of such funds to develop or expand specialized
  child welfare service programs, to families in crisis due to substance
  abuse, that--
  `(A) emphasize comprehensive services;
  `(B) are geared toward the whole family; and
  `(C) encourage or expand the availability of programs for pregnant
  women and programs which allow mothers to reside with their children
  (and other caretaker relatives to reside with the children in their care)
  while receiving services or treatment; and
  `(2) use the remaining part of such funds to develop or expand--
  `(A) service programs designed to help children--
  `(i) where appropriate, return to families (including adoptive families)
  from which they have been removed; or
  `(ii) be placed for adoption, with a legal guardian, or, if adoption or
  legal guardianship is determined not to be appropriate for a child, in
  some other planned, permanent living arrangement;
  `(B) preplacement preventive services programs, such as intensive family
  preservation programs (as defined in section 1144(c)(1)(B)(i)), that are
  designed to help children at risk of foster care placement remain with
  their families (including adoptive families); or
  `(C) service programs designed to provide follow-up care to families
  (including adoptive families) to whom a child has been returned after a
  foster care placement.
  `(b) ADDITIONAL ENTITLEMENT AMOUNT- Each State which receives funds paid
  to the State under section 434(b) may use such funds for any purpose for
  which funds may be used under this part.
  `(c) MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT- Notwithstanding section 434, the amount that
  would otherwise be paid to a State under this subpart shall be reduced by
  the sum of--
  `(1) any amount paid to the State under this subpart which is used to
  supplant any Federal, State, or local funds used for similar purposes;
  `(2) the amount (if any) by which the total amount expended by the State
  and the political subdivisions thereof from State and local sources for
  the provision of child welfare services (excluding foster care maintenance
  payments and adoption assistance payments) during any fiscal year is less
  than the total amount so expended during fiscal year 1992; and
  `(3) the amount (if any) by which the total amount expended by the State
  and the political subdivisions thereof from State and local sources for
  the provision of child welfare services during any fiscal year is less
  than the total amount so expended during fiscal year 1992.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1992, and shall apply to payments under part B of title IV
  of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1993 and to such payments for
  any succeeding fiscal year.
SEC. 102. REQUIRED PROTECTIONS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN.
  (a) ELIMINATION OF INCENTIVE FUNDING MECHANISMS-
  (1) IN GENERAL-
  (A) REPEAL- Section 427 (42 U.S.C. 627) is hereby repealed.
  (B) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 423(a) (42 U.S.C. 623(a)) is amended by
  striking `and in section 427'.
  (2) STATE PLAN REQUIRED TO PROVIDE FOR FOSTER CARE PROTECTIONS OF REPEALED
  SECTION 427- Section 422(b) (42 U.S.C. 622(b)) is amended--
  (A) by striking `and' at the end of paragraph (7);
  (B) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (8) and inserting `;
  and'; and
  (C) by adding at the end the following:
  `(9) provide that the State must--
  `(A) conduct or have conducted an inventory of all children who have been
  in foster care under the responsibility of the State for a period of 6
  months preceding the inventory, and determine or have determined--
  `(i) the appropriateness of, and necessity for, the foster care placement;
  `(ii) whether the child can or should be returned to the parents of the
  child or should be freed for adoption; and
  `(iii) the services necessary to facilitate either the return of the child
  or the placement of the child for adoption or legal guardianship; and
  `(B) implement and operate, to the satisfaction of the Secretary--
  `(i) a statewide information system from which the status, demographic
  characteristics, location, and goals for the placement of every child who
  is in foster care, or who has been in such care within the preceding 12
  months, can be readily determined;
  `(ii) a case review system (as defined in section 475(5)) for each child
  receiving foster care under the supervision of the State; and
  `(iii) a service program designed to help children--
  `(I) where appropriate, return to families from which they have been
  removed; or
  `(II) be placed for adoption, with a legal guardian, or in some other
  planned, permanent living arrangement.'.
  (3) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS-
  (A) Section 472(d) (42 U.S.C. 672(d)) is amended by striking `427(b)'
  and inserting `422(b)(9)'.
  (B) Section 425(a)(2) (42 U.S.C. 625(a)(2)) is amended by inserting `to
  comply with section 422(b)(9) or' before `to comply'.
  (4) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments and repeal made by this subsection
  shall take effect on October 1, 1992, and shall apply to payments under
  part B of title IV of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1993 and to
  such payments for any succeeding fiscal year.
  (5) CONSTRUCTION OF SUBSECTION- The amendments and repeal made by this
  subsection shall not be construed to permit any State to interrupt the
  provision of the foster care protections described in section 427 of the
  Social Security Act, as in effect before fiscal year 1993.
  (b) ADDITIONAL PROTECTIONS-
  (1) IN GENERAL- Section 422(b)(9) (42 U.S.C. 622(b)(9)), as added by
  subsection (a)(2) of this section, and as amended by sections 103(c)(1)(B)
  and 105(a)(1) of this Act, is amended--
  (A) by striking `and' at the end of subparagraph (A)(iii); and
  (B) by striking `and' at the end of subparagraph (B)(ii);
  (C) by inserting `and' at the end of subparagraph (B)(iii); and
  (D) by adding at the end the following:
  `(iv) a preplacement preventive services program designed to help children
  at risk of foster care placement remain with their families; and
  `(C)(i) review or have reviewed State laws, State administrative and judicial
  procedures, and agency legal representation in effect for children abandoned
  at or shortly after birth; and
  `(ii) develop and implement such laws and procedures as the State determines
  are necessary to enable lasting permanent decisions to be made expeditiously
  with respect to the placement of such children;'.
  (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this subsection shall take
  effect on October 1, 1994, and shall apply to payments under parts B and
  E of title IV of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1995 and to such
  payments for any succeeding fiscal year.
  (3) CONSTRUCTION OF SUBSECTION- The amendments made by this subsection
  shall not be construed to permit any State to interrupt the provision of the
  foster care protections described in section 427 of the Social Security Act
  (as in effect before fiscal year 1993).
SEC. 103. REPORTS ON CHILD WELFARE SERVICES AND EXPENDITURES.
  (a) PRE-EXPENDITURE REPORTS-
  (1) IN GENERAL- Section 422(b)(5) (42 U.S.C. 622(b)(5)) is amended to read
  as follows:
  `(5) include a report--
  `(A) on the intended use of payments made to the State under this part,
  including information on the types of services to be provided and the
  geographic areas where such services will be available; and
  `(B) which shall be made public within the State in such manner as to
  facilitate comment by any person (including any Federal or other public
  agency) during each stage of the development of the report.'.
  (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall apply to
  State plans under part B of title IV of the Social Security Act for fiscal
  year 1994 and such plans for any succeeding fiscal year.
  (b) POST-EXPENDITURE REPORTS-
  (1) IN GENERAL- Part B of title IV (42 U.S.C. 620-628) is amended by
  inserting after section 426 the following:
`SEC. 427. REPORT ON EXPENDITURES.
  `(a) PREPARATION- Each State shall prepare annual reports on the services
  provided with funds made available under this part during the most
  recently completed fiscal year, which shall be in such form and contain
  such information as the State finds necessary to--
  `(1) provide an accurate description of such services;
  `(2) secure a complete record of the purposes for which the funds were
  spent; and
  `(3) enable a determination of the extent to which the funds were spent
  in a manner consistent with the reports required by section 422(b)(5).
  `(b) DISSEMINATION- Not later than the date prescribed by the Secretary as
  the due date for each report required by subsection (a), each State shall--
  `(1) transmit to the Secretary a copy of each such report;
  `(2) make copies of each such report available for public inspection in
  the State; and
  `(3) provide copies of each such report, upon request, to any interested
  public agency, which may provide to the Congress the views of such agency
  on any such report.
  `(c) ESTABLISHMENT OF UNIFORM DEFINITIONS- The Secretary shall establish
  uniform definitions of services for use by the States in preparing the
  reports required by subsection (a) of this section, taking into consideration
  the uniform definitions established for the reports required by section
  2006, and shall take such other steps as may be necessary or appropriate
  to ensure that compliance with this section will not be unduly burdensome
  on the States.'.
  (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1993, and shall apply to expenditures under State plans under
  part B of title IV of the Social Security Act in or after fiscal year 1994.
  (c) COMPARATIVE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION REPORTS-
  (1) IN GENERAL- Section 422(b) (42 U.S.C. 622(b)), as amended by section
  102(a)(2) of this Act, is amended--
  (A) in paragraph (8), by striking `and' at the end;
  (B) in paragraph (9), by striking the period and inserting `; and'; and
  (C) by adding at the end the following:
  `(10) include information for the fiscal year second preceding the fiscal
  year covered by the plan, in such form as the Secretary may prescribe by
  regulation, on--
  `(A) the aggregate amount expended by the State and the political
  subdivisions thereof for the provision of child welfare services (other
  than foster care maintenance payments and adoption assistance payments),
  broken down in a manner that shows the extent to which such amount was
  expended from funds provided by each of Federal, State, or local sources; and
  `(B) the aggregate amount expended by the State and the political
  subdivisions thereof for foster care maintenance payments and adoption
  assistance payments, broken down in a manner that shows the extent to
  which such amount was expended from funds provided by each of Federal,
  State, or local sources.'.
  (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall apply to
  State plans under part B of title IV of the Social Security Act for fiscal
  year 1993 and to such plans for any succeeding fiscal year.
  (3) REPORTS TO THE CONGRESS- Section 422 (42 U.S.C. 622) is amended by
  adding at the end the following:
  `(c) The Secretary shall annually transmit to the Committee on Ways and
  Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of
  the Senate a summary of the information received from States pursuant to
  subsection (b)(10), and shall make available to the public copies of the
  summary at a charge equal to the cost of printing.'.
SEC. 104. GRANT PROGRAM FOR STATE COURT SYSTEMS TO ASSESS AND IMPROVE
PROCEDURES IN CHILD WELFARE CASES.
  (a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this
  section referred to as the `Secretary') shall make grants in accordance
  with this section to the highest State courts to conduct assessments of the
  procedures and functions of the State courts in carrying out parts B and
  E of title IV of the Social Security Act, and to implement recommendations
  for improvements in such procedures and functions based on the assessments.
  (b) ASSESSMENTS- The assessment described in this subsection is designed
  to assess how the State courts are performing the activities required of
  them by or under State laws enacted pursuant to parts B and E of title IV
  of the Social Security Act, and to make recommendations on how to improve
  the implementation of such parts, which shall include the following:
  (1) A list of the requirements imposed on the State courts by or under
  State laws enacted pursuant to such parts, and a list of the State
  laws, regulations, and policies that govern the implementation of such
  requirements.
  (2) A description of the extent to which State law requires procedural
  safeguards for children and their parents with respect to each type of
  proceeding held by State courts pursuant to the State laws referred to in
  paragraph (1).
  (3) A quantitative and qualitative evaluation of how each requirement of
  such parts is being carried out in the State, including the following:
  (A) The circumstances under which, and the frequency with which, the
  procedural safeguards described pursuant to paragraph (2) are provided.
  (B) Whether, during court proceedings, evidence is presented and arguments
  are made that address the findings and determinations required by the State
  laws referred to in paragraph (1), and, if so, the amount and sufficiency
  of time devoted to the presentation of such evidence and the making of
  such arguments.
  (C) The extent to which the procedures and practices of the State courts are
  reasonably in accord with recommended standards of national organizations
  concerned with permanent placement for foster children.
  (4) The effect of judicial caseloads and case assignments on the quality
  of court proceedings.
  (5) Recommendations on how to better meet the requirements of such parts, and
  to improve the implementation by the State courts of the State laws enacted
  pursuant to such parts, including any changes in law, regulation, procedure,
  judicial manpower, judicial case assignments, judicial caseloads, judicial
  data collection, judicial education, and requirements for court-appointed
  legal representatives for parents and children.
  (c) APPLICATIONS-
  (1) FISCAL YEAR 1994- In order for a highest State court to become eligible
  for a grant under this section for fiscal year 1994, the court shall submit
  to the Secretary an application which, at a minimum, contains the following:
  (A) A timetable for conducting and completing the assessment described in
  subsection (b) during fiscal year 1994.
  (B) A budget for the assessment described in subsection (b), the method
  which is to be used to conduct the assessment, and a statement of how
  courts are to be selected for inclusion in the assessment.
  (C) A certification that the head of the State agency responsible for
  children in State-supervised foster care, and, if applicable, the State
  foster care citizen review board or the State organization of citizen
  review boards, has had an opportunity to review and comment on a draft of
  the application before its submission. Such certification must include a
  copy of such comments.
  (D) A description of how the court is to consult and cooperate with the
  head of the State agency responsible for children in State-supervised
  foster care, and, if applicable, the State foster care citizen review
  board or the State organization of citizen review boards, in developing
  and conducting the assessment described in subsection (b).
  (E) Such other information as the Secretary may require by regulation.
  (2) FISCAL YEAR 1995- In order for a highest State court to become eligible
  for a grant under this section for fiscal year 1995, the court shall submit
  to the Secretary an application which contains the following:
  (A) A copy of the assessment described in subsection (b) that was conducted
  and completed with funds provided under this section.
  (B) A description of the steps that were taken during the conduct of the
  assessment described in subsection (b), and that will be taken in the fiscal
  year for which the application is submitted, to consult and cooperate with
  the State agency responsible for children in State-supervised foster care
  and, if applicable, the State foster care citizen review board or the
  State organization of citizen review boards.
  (C) A specification of the steps that will be taken to implement the
  recommendations described in subsection (b)(5) made in the assessment
  described in subsection (b), and to make other improvements in the judicial
  handling of child welfare and foster care cases.
  (D) Assurances that the applicant will--
  (i) coordinate with the head of the State agency responsible for children
  in State-supervised foster care, and provide the agency with a report on
  the actions to be taken by the applicant to implement the recommendations
  of the assessment;
  (ii) after completion of the assessment described in subsection (b),
  use funds received under this section to--
  (I) implement the recommendations of the assessment; and
  (II) establish new activities or programs, or strengthen existing activities
  or programs, to carry out such recommendations; and
  (iii) not use funds received under this section to supplant State or local
  funds used for similar purposes.
  (E) Such other information as the Secretary may require by regulation.
  (3) FISCAL YEARS 1996, 1997, AND 1998- In order for a highest State court
  to become eligible for a grant under this section for fiscal year 1996 or
  thereafter, the court shall submit to the Secretary an application which
  contains the following:
  (A) A description and evaluation of the activities of the State courts under
  the grant made with respect to an application submitted under paragraph
  (2) in improving their implementation of parts B and E of title IV of the
  Social Security Act.
  (B) A description of the steps that were taken during the previous fiscal
  year, and that will be taken in the year for which the application is
  submitted, to consult and cooperate with the head of the State agency
  responsible for children in State-supervised foster care and, if applicable,
  the State foster care citizen review board or the State organization of
  citizen review boards, in implementing the recommendations made in the
  assessment described in subsection (b).
  (C) A specification of the remaining steps that will be taken to implement
  the recommendations described in subsection (b)(5) made in the assessment
  described in subsection (b), and to make other related improvements in
  the judicial handling of child welfare and foster care cases.
  (D) A reaffirmation of the assurances made pursuant to paragraph (2)(D).
  (E) Such other information as the Secretary may require by regulation.
  (d) GRANT AMOUNTS-
  (1) FISCAL YEAR 1994- Of the amounts made available to carry out this section
  for fiscal year 1994, each highest State court that submits an application
  which meets the requirements of subsection (c)(1) shall be entitled to,
  and the Secretary shall pay such court, a grant in an amount equal to--
  (A) $150,000; plus
  (B) the amount which bears the same ratio to the remainder of such available
  amounts as the number of individuals in the State who have not attained the
  age of 21 years bears to the number of individuals who have not attained
  such age in the States the highest State courts of which have so submitted
  such applications.
  (2) FISCAL YEARS 1995, 1996, 1997, AND 1998- Of the amounts made available
  to carry out this section for each of fiscal years 1995, 1996, 1997, and
  1998, each highest State court that submits an application which meets the
  requirements of paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (c) shall be entitled
  to, and the Secretary shall pay such court, a grant in an amount equal to--
  (A) $190,000; plus
  (B) the amount which bears the same ratio to the remainder of the amounts
  available for the fiscal year as the number of individuals in the State who
  have not attained the age of 21 years bears to the number of individuals
  who have not attained such age in the States the highest State courts of
  which have so submitted such applications.
  (3) NO STATE MATCH REQUIRED FOR FISCAL YEARS 1994 AND 1995; REDISTRIBUTION
  OF UNUSED FUNDS- Grant amounts under this section shall be paid to, and
  redistributed among, highest State courts in the same manner in which
  funds made available pursuant to section 420(b) of the Social Security
  Act are paid to, and reallotted among, the States pursuant to sections
  423 and 424 of such Act, except that--
  (A) for each of fiscal years 1994 and 1995, section 423(a) of such Act
  shall be applied by substituting `100 percentum' for `75 percentum'; and
  (B) amounts shall be redistributed on the same basis as amounts are
  distributed under paragraph (1)(B) or (2)(B), and amounts so redistributed
  shall be treated as part of the amounts distributed under paragraph (1)(B)
  or (2)(B), whichever is applicable.
  (e) USE OF GRANTS-
  (1) FISCAL YEAR 1994-
  (A) CONDUCT ASSESSMENT- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), each highest
  State court which receives a grant applied for under subsection (c)(1)
  shall use such grant to conduct the assessment described in subsection (b).
  (B) AUTHORITY TO USE EXCESS GRANT FUNDS TO IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS-
  Any highest State court which has grant funds remaining after completing
  the assessment may use the remainder of the grant to implement the
  recommendations made as part of the assessment, in fiscal year 1994 or
  fiscal year 1995.
  (2) FISCAL YEARS 1995, 1996, 1997, AND 1998- Each highest State court which
  receives a grant applied for under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (c)
  for a fiscal year shall--
  (A) use the grant to implement the recommendations made as part of the
  assessment described in subsection (b); and
  (B) expend such grant in the fiscal year or in the immediately succeeding
  fiscal year.
  (f) ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS-
  (1) GUIDELINES FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS- Within 90 days after the effective
  date of this section, the Secretary shall issue guidelines for grant
  applications under subsection (c)(1) and transmit such guidelines to each
  highest State court.
  (2) PROMPT ACTION ON APPLICATIONS- The Secretary shall take prompt action
  on each application for a grant under this section.
  (g) DEFINITIONS- As used in this section:
  (1) HIGHEST STATE COURT- The term `highest State court' means, with respect
  to a State, the State court with final appellate jurisdiction over civil
  matters in which State courts perform a function assigned by or under
  State laws enacted pursuant to part B or E of the Social Security Act.
  (2) STATE- The term `State' shall have the same meaning such term has for
  purposes of parts B and E of title IV of the Social Security Act.
  (h) REPORTS TO THE CONGRESS- The Secretary shall submit to the Congress
  an interim report not later than September 30, 1996, and a final report
  not later than September 30, 1999, on--
  (1) the information obtained from the assessments conducted with grants
  made under this section; and
  (2) the impact of the grant program under this section on the procedures
  and functions of the State courts in carrying out parts B and E of title
  IV of the Social Security Act.
  (i) GRANTS FUNDED THROUGH SET ASIDE OF PORTION OF CHILD WELFARE ENTITLEMENT
  FUNDS FOR CERTAIN FISCAL YEARS-
  (1) FISCAL YEAR 1994- $15,000,000 of the sums made available pursuant
  to section 430 of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1994 shall be
  used solely to make grants to highest State courts under this section,
  before applying section 432 of such Act.
  (2) FISCAL YEARS 1995, 1996, 1997, AND 1998- $25,000,000 of the sums
  made available pursuant to section 430 of the Social Security Act for
  each of fiscal years 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 shall be used solely to
  make grants to highest State courts under this section, before applying
  section 432 of such Act.
  (j) EFFECTIVE DATE- This section shall take effect on October 1, 1993.
SEC. 105. STATE DIRECTORY OF SERVICES.
  (a) STATE PLAN REQUIREMENT- Section 422(b) (42 U.S.C. 622(b)), as amended
  by sections 102(a)(2) and 103(c)(1) of this Act, is amended--
  (1) by striking `and' at the end of paragraph (9);
  (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (10) and inserting `;
  and'; and
  (3) by adding at the end the following:
  `(11) require the agency administering or supervising the administration
  of the plan, not less frequently than every 2 years, to--
  `(A) compile a detailed directory of those service programs made available
  by the agency or by local child welfare agencies to families served by
  such agencies that are--
  `(i) preplacement preventive services programs that are designed to help
  children at risk of foster care placement remain with their families;
  `(ii) service programs designed to help children--
  `(I) where appropriate, return to families from which they have been
  removed; or
  `(II) be placed for adoption, with a legal guardian, or in some other
  planned, permanent living arrangement; or
  `(iii) service programs designed to provide follow-up care to families to
  whom a child has been returned after a foster care placement;
  `(B) identify in such directory which of the programs referred to in
  subparagraph (A) provides specialized child welfare services to families
  in crisis due to substance abuse;
  `(C) include in such directory such information as the Secretary may
  require by rule;
  `(D) include in such directory, for each of such programs--
  `(i) the name and address of the program and the agency or organization
  that administers the program;
  `(ii) a description of the services offered by the program;
  `(iii) the number of individuals the program is capable of serving at one
  time; and
  `(iv) a description of the criteria for eligibility for services under
  the program, including any priorities with respect to who will receive
  such services;
  `(E) arrange the information in the directory geographically; and
  `(F) provide a copy of such directory to the Secretary and to all judges
  and other judicial administrators, and all State agencies, that are involved
  in child protection, foster care, and adoption cases.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1993, and shall apply to payments under part B of title IV
  of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1994 and to such payments for
  any succeeding fiscal year.
SEC. 106. STATES REQUIRED TO REPORT ON MEASURES TAKEN TO COMPLY WITH THE
INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT.
  (a) STATE PLAN REQUIREMENT- Section 422(b) (42 U.S.C. 622(b)), as amended
  by sections 102(a)(2), 103(c)(1), and 105(a) of this Act, is amended--
  (1) by striking `and' at the end of paragraph (10);
  (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (11) and inserting `;
  and'; and
  (3) by adding at the end the following:
  `(12) contain a description, developed after consultation with tribal
  organizations (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination
  and Education Assistance Act) in the State, of the specific measures taken
  by the State to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1993, and shall apply to payments under part B of title IV
  of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1994 and to such payments for
  any succeeding fiscal year.
TITLE II--FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION ASSISTANCE
SEC. 201. COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROJECTS.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Title IV (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is amended by inserting
  after part B the following:
`PART C--COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROJECTS
`SEC. 441. COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROJECTS.
  `(a) IN GENERAL-
  `(1) PURPOSE- The purpose of this section is to grant States the flexibility
  and resources necessary to develop comprehensive and coordinated services
  designed--
  `(A) to preserve and strengthen families with children at risk of placement
  outside their home;
  `(B) to reunite children with their families expeditiously if an out-of-home
  placement is found to be necessary; and
  `(C) to place children in adoptive homes or other permanent arrangements
  in a timely fashion if reunification with their families is not appropriate.
  `(2) METHOD- The method of this section is to permit any State to apply
  to the Secretary for permission--
  `(A) to conduct a comprehensive service project in accordance with this
  section in such area or areas of the State as the State may select; and
  `(B) to suspend certain requirements of parts B and E with respect to the
  activities of the State in such area or areas during the project.
  `(3) ENTITLEMENT- For payments to which States authorized to conduct projects
  under this section are entitled under this part, there shall be available
  to the Secretary for each fiscal year an amount equal to 10 percent of the
  aggregate of the amounts that would have been paid to such States under
  section 423 for the fiscal year, and the amounts that would have been
  paid to such States under section 434 for the fiscal year if the total
  sum available for such payments were equal to the basic entitlement amount
  (as defined in section 430(b)(1)), if the Secretary had approved the State
  plans of such States under part B for the fiscal year and had not authorized
  such States to conduct projects under this section for the fiscal year.
  `(b) APPLICATIONS- Not later than 3 months before the fiscal year in which
  a State intends to commence a comprehensive services project under this
  section, the State may submit to the Secretary an application to conduct
  the project which shall contain the following:
  `(1) A plan and a timetable for assessing by the end of the fiscal year--
  `(A) whether procedures and policies of the child welfare agency of the
  State, or of the area or areas of the State in which the project is to be
  conducted, provide for the coordinated delivery of services to children
  and their families, and the specific barriers that must be overcome to
  ensure such coordination;
  `(B) the service needs of families in the area or areas of the State
  in which the project is to be conducted whose child or children are at
  imminent risk of placement outside their home or are in an out-of-home
  placement in the child welfare, juvenile justice, or mental health system;
  `(C) specific service programs available in the area or areas of the State
  in which the project is to be conducted that address the service needs of
  such families; and
  `(D) the extent to which common practices, policies, and procedures among
  the child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems in the area
  or areas of the State in which the project is to be conducted govern the
  assessment of children and their families, the provision of case plans,
  the delivery of services to children and their families, and the periodic
  reviews of the services provided, particularly with regard to families
  whose child or children are at imminent risk of placement outside their
  home or are in an out-of-home placement;
  `(2) a plan and a timetable for implementing--
  `(A) procedures and policies of the child welfare agency of the State, or
  of the area or areas of the State in which the project is to be conducted,
  that will result in the coordinated and efficient delivery of the range
  of child welfare services to families in the child welfare system;
  `(B) a comprehensive services program designed to--
  `(i) preserve and strengthen families with children at imminent risk of
  placement outside their home;
  `(ii) reunite children with their families expeditiously if an out-of-home
  placement is found to be necessary;
  `(iii) place children in adoptive homes or other permanent arrangements
  in a timely fashion if reunification with their families is not appropriate;
  `(iv) meet the primary service needs of targeted families in the area or
  areas of the State in which the project is to be conducted who are in the
  child welfare, juvenile justice, or mental health system and whose child
  or children are at imminent risk of placement outside their home or are
  in an out-of-home placement; and
  `(v) include, at a minimum, access to substance abuse treatment, parenting
  education, health, mental health, crisis managment, and counseling services;
  `(C) a common assessment tool for targeting which children and families who
  come to the attention of the child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental
  health systems will participate in the program described in subparagraph (B);
  `(D) joint training of staff from the child welfare, mental health, and
  juvenile justice systems who will be involved in the program described in
  subparagraph (B);
  `(E) a system for delivering services under the program described in
  subparagraph (B) to families targeted for the program which ensures a
  single point of entry and uses a unified case management approach, and
  thereby minimizes unnecessary and duplicative assessments and services;
  `(F) an information system to track children and families across systems who
  participate in the program described in subparagraph (B), which provides
  data, not less frequently than annually, on the number of children and
  families served from each system and the nature of the services provided; and
  `(G) a mechanism by which to ensure that relevant information on the
  service and treatment needs and outcomes of children and their families
  which is developed through their participation in the program described
  in subparagraph (B) is made available, as appropriate, to case managers
  and service providers in the relevant agencies who are charged with making
  service, placement, and other decisions with respect to the children and
  their families;
  `(3) a statement of the specific outcomes the State expects by conducting
  the project, which shall include outcomes in at least the following areas--
  `(A) an increase in the well-being of children;
  `(B) a reduction in placements and expenditures for out-of-home care
  relative to what would have occurred otherwise;
  `(C) an increase in the level and mix of preventive services available
  to families in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health
  systems; and
  `(D) an increase in coordination and cooperation among the child welfare,
  juvenile justice, and mental health agencies;
  `(4) an assurance that, in developing the application, the State consulted
  with and received technical assistance from the Advisory Commission on
  Children and Families established under section 1144;
  `(5) a statement from the Advisory Commission on Children and Families
  containing its recommendation to the Secretary regarding the application;
  `(6) a specification of the area or areas of the State in which the project
  is to be conducted, in which must reside not fewer than 300,000 individuals
  in the aggregate at the time the application is submitted;
  `(7) a certification that all cost savings resulting from the project will
  be used to provide child welfare services to families;
  `(8) a certification that the State will provide the Secretary with such
  information about the project and the State programs carried out pursuant
  to parts B and E as the Secretary may request, and will cooperate with the
  Advisory Commission on Children and Families if the Commission evaluates
  the project;
  `(9) a certification that--
  `(A) the State will not use any funds provided under this section to
  supplant any Federal, State, or local funds used for similar purposes;
  `(B) the aggregate amount expended from State and local sources by the
  State and the political subdivisions thereof for the provision of child
  welfare services (excluding foster care maintenance payments and adoption
  assistance payments) during any fiscal year will be not less than the
  aggregate amount so expended during fiscal year 1992; and
  `(C) the aggregate amount expended from State and local sources by the
  State and the political subdivisions thereof for the provision of child
  welfare services during any fiscal year will be not less than the aggregate
  amount so expended during fiscal year 1992;
  `(10) a certification that the individual or agency referred to in
  section 422(b)(1)(A) shall have lead responsibility for the operation and
  administration of the project under this section;
  `(11) a certification by the Governor of the State that project activities
  will be coordinated among the State child welfare, juvenile justice,
  and mental health agencies, and other appropriate State agencies; and
  `(12) a list of those requirements of parts B and E which are to apply
  to the project, in addition to the requirements imposed by the provisions
  specified in subsection (c)(6)(A) of this section.
  `(c) ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS-
  `(1) NOTIFICATION TO STATES OF APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- Not later than
  6 months after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary
  shall prepare and transmit to each State a detailed explanation of the
  requirements for conducting a project under this section.
  `(2) CONSIDERATION OF APPLICATIONS- The Secretary shall consider all
  applications (and amendments thereto) received from States desiring to
  conduct a project under this section.
  `(3) AMENDMENT OF APPLICATIONS- A State may, at any time and for any fiscal
  year, submit to the Secretary 1 or more amendments to any application
  submitted to the Secretary under this section.
  `(4) NOTIFICATION TO ADVISORY COMMISSION IF ITS RECOMMENDATIONS ARE NOT
  FOLLOWED- If the Secretary takes action on an application submitted under
  this section in a manner contrary to a recommendation of the Advisory
  Commission on Children and Families established under section 1144, the
  Secretary shall provide the Commission with the reasons therefor.
  `(5) APPROVAL OF APPLICATIONS-
  `(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall approve any application of a State
  to conduct a project under this section, and any amendment thereto, that
  meets the requirements of this section to the satisfaction of the Secretary.
  `(B) CERTAIN APPLICATIONS DEEMED APPROVED- Except as provided in subsection
  (h)(2), any application to conduct a project under this section, and any
  amendment thereto, that is received by the Secretary from a State, is not
  withdrawn by the State, and is not disapproved by the Secretary within 45
  days after receipt shall be deemed to have been approved by the Secretary.
  `(C) FREEDOM OF STATES TO SELECT AREAS IN WHICH TO CONDUCT THE PROJECT-
  The Secretary may not, as a condition of approval of a State application to
  conduct a project under this section or of any amendment thereto, require
  the State to select any particular area or areas of the State in which to
  conduct the project.
  `(D) FREEDOM OF STATES TO SELECT PROVISIONS OF PARTS B AND E TO APPLY TO
  THE PROJECT- The Secretary may not, as a condition of approval of a State
  application to conduct a project under this section or of any amendment
  thereto, require the project to comply with any provision of part B or E
  not specified in paragraph (6)(A) of this subsection.
  `(6) AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT PROJECT; GRANT AUTHORITY- If the Secretary approves
  the application of a State to conduct a project under this section, then--
  `(A) the Secretary shall authorize the State to conduct the project
  in accordance with the approved application therefor and any approved
  amendments thereto, and the requirements of section 422(b)(9), the
  provision of section 471(a)(1) requiring the State plan to provide for
  adoption assistance in accordance with section 473, paragraphs (8), (9),
  (10), (12), (13), (15), and (16) of section 471(a), and sections 472(h),
  473 and 479 shall apply to the project; and
  `(B) in lieu of receiving the funds that would otherwise be provided to
  the State for any fiscal year pursuant to sections 423, 434(a), and 474
  (other than with respect to adoption assistance) with respect to the
  activities of the State in the area or areas of the State in which the
  project is to be conducted, the State shall be entitled to receive a grant,
  in accordance with subsection (d) of this section, for each fiscal year,
  from the amount allotted to the State for the fiscal year under section
  421, the amount allotted to the State for the fiscal year under section
  432 from the basic entitlement amount (as defined in section 430(b)(1)),
  the amount to which the State is entitled for the fiscal year under part E,
  and the amount made available pursuant to subsection (a)(3) of this section.
  `(d) ANNUAL GRANTS-
  `(1) AMOUNT OF GRANT-
  `(A) IN GENERAL- The amount of the grant to be paid under this subsection
  to a State for a fiscal year shall be the amount determined by the Secretary
  to be--
  `(i) the sum of--
  `(I) 110 percent of the aggregate of the amount that would have been paid to
  the State under section 423 for the fiscal year, and the amount that would
  have been paid to such States under section 434 for the fiscal year if the
  total sum available for such payments were equal to the basic entitlement
  amount (as defined in section 430(b)(1)), if the Secretary had approved
  the State plan under part B for the fiscal year and had not authorized
  the State to conduct a project under this section for the fiscal year; and
  `(II) the aggregate of the expenses for which the State would properly
  have submitted a claim for reimbursement under section 474 (other than
  with respect to adoption assistance) for the fiscal year if the Secretary
  had approved the State plan under part E for the fiscal year and had
  not authorized the State to conduct a project under this section for the
  fiscal year;
multiplied by
  `(ii) the quotient equal to--
  `(I) the number of children in the area or areas in which the project is to
  be conducted under this section with respect to whom the State would have
  made foster care maintenance payments under section 472 for the fiscal year
  if the Secretary had approved the State plan under part E for the fiscal
  year and had not authorized the State to conduct the project; divided by
  `(II) the total number of children in the State with respect to whom the
  State would have so made such payments for the fiscal year.
  `(B) CALCULATION OF GRANT AMOUNT- The Secretary shall calculate the expenses
  for which a State would properly have submitted a claim for reimbursement
  under section 474 (other than with respect to adoption assistance) for a
  fiscal year by--
  `(i) determining the amount paid to the State with respect to such expenses
  for the fiscal year immediately preceding the fiscal year in which the
  State commenced (or is to commence) the project under this section;
  `(ii) adjusting such amount annually by a rate which reflects the average
  annual rate at which expenditures by the State on behalf of foster care
  children under part E have increased for the 3-year period ending with
  the commencement of the project; and
  `(iii) increasing such amount, to the extent the Secretary deems appropriate,
  by taking into account--
  `(I) any estimate made by the State of the expenses for which the State would
  properly have submitted such a claim for reimbursement for the fiscal year;
  `(II) the projected rate of inflation for the fiscal year;
  `(III) the rate at which the number of children on whose behalf the Federal
  Government has reimbursed foster care maintenance payments made by States
  not participating in the project has recently increased (emphasizing those
  nonparticipating States which have similar child welfare programs and similar
  foster care caseload characteristics), as determined by the Secretary;
  `(IV) changes in State laws or procedures that have the effect of changing
  the rate at which children are placed in foster care or changing the costs
  of maintaining children in foster care;
  `(V) the amount (if any) by which--
  `(aa) the national average number of children per State who, as of the end
  of the fiscal year immediately preceding the commencement of the project,
  have not attained the age of 18 years and were eligible for benefits
  under the respective State plan under part E (expressed as a percentage
  of the total population of children in the respective State who have not
  so attained such age); exceeds
  `(bb) the number of such children in the State (expressed as a similar
  percentage); and
  `(VI) other factors deemed appropriate by the Secretary.
  `(2) NOTIFICATION TO STATES OF AMOUNT OF GRANTS- The Secretary shall notify
  each State of the amount of the grant to be made to the State for a fiscal
  year under this subsection, not later than--
  `(A) in the case of the first grant with respect to an approved application,
  the later of--
  `(i) 45 days after the Secretary receives the application therefor; or
  `(ii) August 1 of the fiscal year immediately preceding the fiscal year
  for which the grant is to be made; and
  `(B) in any other case, August 1 of such immediately preceding fiscal year.
  `(3) GRANTS TO BE PAID IN EQUAL QUARTERLY INSTALLMENTS- The Secretary
  shall pay each grant under this subsection in equal quarterly installments.
  `(e) PRESERVATION OF CERTAIN BENEFITS- During the period in which a State
  is conducting a project under this section--
  `(1) the State may not carry out the project in a manner which impairs
  the entitlement of any child to--
  `(A) the foster care benefits the child would have received under a State
  plan approved under part E if the Secretary had approved the State plan
  under part E for the fiscal year and had not authorized the State to
  conduct a project under this section for the fiscal year; or
  `(B) any other benefit to which the child is entitled by law; and
  `(2) the State shall, for purposes of section 402(a)(20), be deemed to
  have in effect a State plan approved under part E.
  `(f) REPORT ON EXPENDITURES-
  `(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than April 1 of the fiscal year immediately
  following each fiscal year for which a State conducts a project under
  this section, the State shall prepare and submit to the Secretary and the
  Advisory Commission on Children and Families established under section
  1144 a report on the funds expended under the project.
  `(2) FORM AND CONTENT-
  `(A) IN GENERAL- The report required by paragraph (1) shall be in such
  form and contain such information as the State finds necessary to--
  `(i) accurately describe how the grant made under this section for the
  fiscal year was used;
  `(ii) provide a complete record of how the grant funds were expended; and
  `(iii) enable a determination of the extent to which the funds were spent
  in a manner consistent with the application therefor.
  `(B) INCLUSION OF INFORMATION ON COMPARATIVE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS-
  The report required by paragraph (1) for a fiscal year shall include
  the information described in section 422(b)(10) for the 2nd preceding
  fiscal year.
  `(g) ADMINISTRATIVE REMEDIES FOR UNSUCCESSFUL PROJECTS- If the Secretary has
  determined that the State is not conducting the project in accordance with
  this section or is not making satisfactory progress toward the achievement
  of the plans of the State, the Secretary may--
  `(1) provide technical assistance to the project;
  `(2) require the State to take corrective action with respect to the
  project; or
  `(3) after notice and opportunity for hearing, reduce the payments that
  would otherwise be due the State under this section by an amount which
  the Secretary determines is appropriate.
  `(h) TERMINATION OF PROJECTS-
  `(1) IN GENERAL- Any State authorized to conduct a project under this
  section shall discontinue the project at the end of a fiscal year--
  `(A) if the State has notified the Secretary that the State intends to
  discontinue the project at the end of the fiscal year; or
  `(B) if the Secretary has determined that the State is not conducting
  the project in accordance with this section or is not making satisfactory
  progress toward the achievement of the plans of the State, and the Secretary
  does not plan to take action under subsection (g) during the fiscal year
  with respect to the project.
  `(2) EFFECT OF PROJECT TERMINATION-
  `(A) IN GENERAL- On the discontinuance of a project of a State under this
  section, parts B and E shall apply with respect to the population of,
  and the activities of the State in, the area or areas of the State in
  which the project was conducted.
  `(B) PROJECT MAY NOT BE RESUMED FOR 5 YEARS- A State may not conduct a
  project under this section during the 5-year period beginning with the
  discontinuance of a project of the State under this section.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1992.
SEC. 202. ABANDONED CHILDREN.
  (a) ELIGIBILITY FOR FOSTER CARE MAINTENANCE PAYMENTS- Section 472 (42
  U.S.C. 672), as amended by section 204(a) of this Act, is amended--
  (1) in subsection (b), by striking `or (i)' and inserting `, (i), or
  (j)'; and
  (2) by adding at the end the following:
  `(j) Any State with a plan approved under this part may make foster care
  maintenance payments with respect to any child in the State entering foster
  care on or after October 1, 1993--
  `(1) who has been abandoned by his or her parents, as determined by a
  court of competent jurisdiction;
  `(2) for whom the State child welfare agency cannot, despite diligent
  efforts, determine the financial circumstances and living arrangements of
  the parents of the child; and
  `(3) who meets the requirements of subsection (a)(2).'.
  (b) ELIGIBILITY FOR ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS- Section 473(a)(7) (42
  U.S.C. 673(a)(7)), as added by the amendment made by section 204(b) of
  this Act, is amended by striking `section 472(i)' and inserting `subsection
  (i) or (j) of section 472'.
  (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect
  on October 1, 1993, and shall apply to payments under part E of title IV
  of the Social Security Act in or after fiscal year 1994.
SEC. 203. CLARIFICATION OF REMOVAL FROM HOME REQUIREMENT.
  (a) FOSTER CARE MAINTENANCE PAYMENTS PROGRAM- Section 472 (42 U.S.C. 672)
  is amended--
  (1) in the first sentence of subsection (a)--
  (A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting `or from the legal
  custody' after `removal from the home';
  (B) in paragraph (1)--
  (i) by inserting `or from such legal custody, as the case may be' after
  `from the home'; and
  (ii) by striking `therein' and inserting `in the home or of such legal
  custody, as the case may be,';
  (C) in paragraph (2), by inserting `and' after the semicolon;
  (D) in paragraph (3), by striking `; and' and inserting a period; and
  (E) in paragraph (4), by inserting `or from the legal custody' after
  `removal from the home';
  (2) in the second sentence of subsection (a), by inserting `or from the legal
  custody of a relative (specified in section 406(a))' after `from the home';
  (3) in subsection (d), by inserting `or from the legal custody of their
  relatives' after `their homes';
  (4) in subsection (e), by inserting `or from the legal custody of his or
  her relative' after `his or her home'; and
  (5) in subsection (g)--
  (A) in paragraph (2), by inserting `or into their legal custody or into
  the legal custody of a relative' before the comma; and
  (B) in the matter following paragraph (2), by inserting `or into such
  legal custody, as the case may be,' after `such home'.
  (b) ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM- Section 473 (42 U.S.C. 673) is amended--
  (1) in subsection (a)(2)--
  (A) in subparagraph (A)(i)--
  (i) by inserting `or from the legal custody' after `removal from the
  home'; and
  (ii) by striking `therein' and inserting `in the home or of such legal
  custody, as the case may be,'; and
  (B) in subparagraph (B)(i), by inserting `or from such legal custody,
  as the case may be' after `removal from the home'; and
  (2) in subsection (c)(1), by inserting `or legal custody' after `home'.
  (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect
  on October 1, 1992, and shall apply to payments under part E of title IV
  of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1993 and to such payments for
  any succeeding fiscal year.
  (d) RETROACTIVE APPLICATION OF CLARIFIED REQUIREMENT-
  (1) IN GENERAL- Any State may, in accordance with paragraph (2), submit
  to the Secretary of Health and Human Services a claim for reimbursement
  of amounts expended by the State during the 10-year period that begins
  with October 1, 1982--
  (A) with respect to children placed in foster care or for adoption; and
  (B) for which the State would have received reimbursement under section
  474 of the Social Security Act had the amendments made by this section
  been in effect at the time of the expenditure.
  (2) DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF CLAIM-
  (A) OLDER EXPENDITURES- Any claim described in paragraph (1) with respect to
  an amount expended during the period beginning October 1, 1982, and ending
  1 year before the date of the enactment of this Act shall be submitted
  not later than 1 year after such date of enactment.
  (B) NEWER EXPENDITURES- Any claim described in paragraph (1) with respect
  to an amount expended during the period beginning 1 year before the date
  of the enactment of this Act and ending on September 30, 1992, shall be
  submitted not later than 2 years after the date of the expenditure.
SEC. 204. DISSOLVED ADOPTIONS.
  (a) ELIGIBILITY FOR FOSTER CARE MAINTENANCE PAYMENTS- Section 472 (42
  U.S.C. 672) is amended--
  (1) in subsection (b), by inserting `or (i)' after `subsection (a)'; and
  (2) by adding at the end the following:
  `(i) Any State with a plan approved under this part may make foster care
  maintenance payments under this part on behalf of a child--
  `(1) with respect to whom such payments were previously made;
  `(2) whose adoption has been set aside by a court;
  `(3) who meets the requirements of paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of subsection
  (a); and
  `(4) who fails to meet the requirements of subsection (a)(4) but would
  meet such requirements if--
  `(A) the child were treated as if the child were in the same financial and
  other circumstances the child was in the last time the child was determined
  eligible for such payments; and
  `(B) the adoption were treated as having never occurred.'.
  (b) ELIGIBILITY FOR ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS- Section 473(a) (42
  U.S.C. 673(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
  `(7) Any State with a plan approved under this part may enter into an
  adoption assistance agreement with the adoptive parents of any child with
  respect to whom the State may make foster care maintenance payments under
  section 472(i).'.
  (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect
  on October 1, 1992, and shall apply to payments under part E of title IV
  of the Social Security Act in or after fiscal year 1993.
SEC. 205. RESPITE CARE.
  (a) IN GENERAL-
  (1) STATE PLAN OPTION- Section 471(a) (42 U.S.C. 671(a)) is amended--
  (A) by striking `and' at the end of paragraph (16);
  (B) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (17) and inserting `;
  and'; and
  (C) by adding at the end the following:
  `(18) at the option of the State, provides for respite care in accordance
  with section 480, and specifies the factors and conditions used by the
  State to identify children with special needs.'.
  (2) RESPITE CARE PROGRAM- Part E of title IV (42 U.S.C. 670-679) is amended
  by adding at the end the following:
`SEC. 480. RESPITE CARE.
  `(a) IN GENERAL- Each State with a plan approved under this part that
  provides for respite care shall provide such care to any family which
  operates a foster family home for 1 or more foster children who the State
  determines have special needs (whether or not foster care maintenance
  payments are made under the State plan with respect to such child or
  children), in accordance with all applicable State and local standards
  and guidelines and in the least restrictive setting consistent with the
  special needs of such child or children.
  `(b) RESPITE CARE DEFINED- As used in this section, the term `respite care'
  means, with respect to the family of a foster child, care authorized by
  a State, or provided by a public or private agency designated by a State,
  to provide temporary relief for the foster parent caregiver or caregivers
  of the child.
  `(c) LIMITATION ON EXPENSES ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT- Expenditures for
  only the first 14 days of respite care provided during a fiscal year with
  respect to a child are eligible for reimbursement under section 474(a). As
  used in the preceding sentence, the term `day' means any period of 24
  consecutive hours.'.
  (3) PAYMENTS TO STATES- Section 474(a)(1) (42 U.S.C. 674(a)(1)) is amended by
  inserting `plus the amount expended during such quarter for the provision
  of respite care that is eligible for reimbursement under section 480'
  before the semicolon.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1993, and shall apply to payments under part E of title IV of
  the Social Security Act for expenditures made in or after fiscal year 1994.
SEC. 206. EXTENSION OF DEFINITION OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Section 473(c) (42 U.S.C. 673(c)), as amended by section
  203(b)(2) of this Act, is amended to read as follows:
  `(c)(1) For purposes of this section, a child shall not be considered a
  child with special needs unless the State determines that the child meets
  the requirements of subparagraph (A) or (B):
  `(A) A child meets the requirements of this subparagraph if all of the
  following clauses apply to the child:
  `(i) The child cannot or should not be returned to the home or the legal
  custody of the parents of the child.
  `(ii) There exists a specific factor or condition (such as his ethnic
  background, age, or membership in a minority or sibling group, or the
  presence of factors such as medical conditions or physical, mental, or
  emotional handicaps), or information available and known about the child's
  genetic or social history indicating a high risk of medical conditions or
  physical, mental, or emotional handicaps, which makes it reasonable to
  conclude that the child cannot be placed for adoption without providing
  adoption assistance under this section or medical assistance under title XIX.
  `(iii) Except where it would be against the best interests of the child
  because of such factors as the existence of significant emotional ties
  with prospective adoptive parents while in their care as a foster child or
  a relative, a reasonable but unsuccessful effort has been made to place
  the child with appropriate adoptive parents without providing adoption
  assistance or medical assistance under title XIX.
  `(B) A child meets the requirements of this subparagraph if the child--
  `(i) has been adopted;
  `(ii) immediately before the adoption was under the care and responsibility
  of the State agency administering or supervising the administration of
  the State programs under this part; and
  `(iii) has a mental, physical, or emotional handicap that--
  `(I) existed before the adoption but was not diagnosed until after the
  adoption; or
  `(II) first manifests itself after the adoption but is congenital or was
  caused before the adoption.
  `(2) Each State shall submit to the Secretary the factors and conditions
  used by the State to identify children with special needs for purposes of
  this section, and any modifications to such factors and conditions.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1993, and shall apply with respect to children who are adopted
  after September 30, 1993, and who become eligible for adoption assistance
  payments under section 473 of the Social Security Act in or after fiscal
  year 1994.
SEC. 207. STUDY OF REASONABLE EFFORTS REQUIREMENT BY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment
  of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this
  section referred to as the `Secretary') shall establish an Advisory
  Committee on Foster Care Placement (in this section referred to as the
  `Advisory Committee') to study and make recommendations concerning the
  implementation of the requirements imposed under section 471(a)(15) of
  the Social Security Act.
  (b) MEMBERSHIP- The Advisory Committee shall consist of not fewer than 9
  members. In appointing persons to the Advisory Committee, the Secretary shall
  include representatives of the following types of organizations and agencies:
  (1) Private, nonprofit organizations with an interest in child welfare
  (including such organizations that provide child protective services,
  foster care services, adoption services, or family support services).
  (2) Agencies of States and political subdivisions thereof responsible for
  child protective services, foster care services, or adoption services.
  (3) Judicial bodies of States and political subdivisions thereof responsible
  for adjudicating issues of family law (as defined and determined by the
  Secretary).
  (4) Attorneys and others who represent children and their parents.
  (c) COMPENSATION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS-
  (1) MEMBERS WHO ARE NOT FULL-TIME FEDERAL OFFICERS OR EMPLOYEES- Each member
  of the Advisory Committee who is not a full-time officer or employee of
  the United States shall, while engaging in the business of the Advisory
  Committee (including travel time) be entitled to receive compensation at a
  rate fixed by the Secretary, but not exceeding the daily rate specified at
  the time of such service under GS-18 of the General Schedule established
  under section 5332 of title 5, United States Code.
  (2) PROHIBITION AGAINST COMPENSATION OF FULL-TIME FEDERAL OFFICERS
  OR EMPLOYEES- Each member of the Advisory Committee who is a full-time
  officer or employee of the United States may not receive additional pay,
  allowances, or benefits by reason of service on the Commission.
  (3) TRAVEL EXPENSES- While away from their homes or regular places of
  business and on the business of the Advisory Committee, the members of
  the Advisory Committee may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem
  in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by section 5703 of title 5, United
  States Code, for persons employed intermittently in Government service.
  (d) HIRING AUTHORITY- The Advisory Committee may employ and fix the level
  of compensation for 1 individual.
  (e) REPORT- Not later than April 1, 1994, the Advisory Committee shall submit
  a report to the Secretary and to the Congress that includes legislative
  or other recommendations concerning the implementation of the requirements
  imposed under section 471(a)(15) of the Social Security Act.
SEC. 208. AUTOMATED SYSTEMS.
  (a) ENHANCED MATCH-
  (1) PAYMENTS TO STATES-
  (A) IN GENERAL- Section 474(a)(3) (42 U.S.C. 674(a)(3)) is amended--
  (i) by striking `and' at the end of subparagraph (B);
  (ii) by redesignating subparagraph (C) as subparagraph (E); and
  (iii) by inserting after subparagraph (B) the following:
  `(C) 90 percent of so much of such expenditures as are for the planning,
  design, development, or installation of statewide mechanized data collection
  and information retrieval systems (including 90 percent of the full amount
  of expenditures for hardware components for such systems) but only to the
  extent that such systems--
  `(i) meet the requirements imposed by regulations promulgated pursuant to
  section 479(b)(2);
  `(ii) to the extent practicable, are capable of interfacing with the State
  data collection system that collects information relating to child abuse
  and neglect; and
  `(iii) are determined by the Secretary to be likely to provide more
  efficient, economical, and effective administration of the programs carried
  out under the State plan approved under part B or the State plan approved
  under this part; and
  `(D) 50 percent of so much of such expenditures as are for the operation
  of the statewide mechanized data collection and information retrieval
  systems referred to in subparagraph (C); and'.
  (B) TREATMENT OF STATE EXPENDITURES FOR DATA COLLECTION AND INFORMATION
  RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS- Section 474 (42 U.S.C. 674) is amended by adding at
  the end the following:
  `(e) The Secretary shall treat as necessary for the proper and efficient
  administration of the State plan approved under this part all expenditures
  of a State that are necessary in order for the State to plan, design,
  develop, install, and operate data collection and information retrieval
  systems described in subsection (a)(3)(C), without regard to whether the
  systems may be used with respect to foster or adoptive children other
  than those on behalf of whom foster care maintenance payments or adoption
  assistance payments may be made under this part.'.
  (C) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 473(a)(6)(B) (42 U.S.C. 673(a)(6)(B)), as
  amended by section 505(b) of this Act, is amended by striking `474(a)(3)(C)'
  and inserting `474(a)(3)(E)'.
  (D) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this paragraph shall apply
  to payments under part E of title IV of the Social Security Act for
  expenditures made on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.
  (2) TERMINATION OF ENHANCED MATCH-
  (A) IN GENERAL- Section 474(a)(3)(C) (42 U.S.C. 674(a)(3)(C)), as amended
  by paragraph (1)(A)(iii) of this subsection, is amended by striking `90'
  each place such term appears and inserting `50'.
  (B) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subparagraph (A) shall take
  effect at the end of the calendar quarter in which occurs the end of the
  3-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.
  (C) CONSTRUCTION- The amendment made by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph
  shall not be construed to affect any right, entitlement, or duty granted
  or imposed by, or arising by reason of, the amendments made by paragraph (1).
  (b) IMPLEMENTATION OF AUTOMATED SYSTEMS-
  (1) DEFERRAL OF IMPLEMENTATION DEADLINE- Section 479(b)(2) (42
  U.S.C. 679(b)(2)) is amended by striking `October 1, 1991' and inserting
  `1 year after the date such regulations are promulgated'.
  (2) ESTABLISHMENT OF GROUP TO ADVISE SECRETARY ON PLANNING AND
  IMPLEMENTATION- Section 479 (42 U.S.C. 679) is amended by adding at the
  end the following:
  `(d) The Secretary shall establish a work group to advise the Secretary on
  the planning and implementation of the system to be used for the collection
  of data relating to adoption and foster care in the United States. Such
  group shall include representatives of--
  `(1) organizations described in subsection (a)(4)(B)(ii); and
  `(2) other appropriate groups.'.
  (3) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this subsection shall take
  effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.
SEC. 209. PERIODIC REEVALUATION OF FOSTER CARE MAINTENANCE PAYMENTS.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Section 471(a)(11) (42 U.S.C. 671(a)(11)) is amended to
  read as follows:
  `(11)(A) provides for periodic review of the standards referred to in
  paragraph (10) to assure their continuing appropriateness; and
  `(B) provides for the review, not less frequently than once every 3 years,
  of the amounts paid as foster care maintenance payments and adoption
  assistance to assure their continuing appropriateness, and a report to
  the Secretary and the public on the results of such review at such time
  and in such form and manner as the Secretary may by regulation require,
  which contains, at a minimum--
  `(i) a statement of the manner in which the foster care maintenance payment
  level is determined, including information on the cost of foster care with
  respect to which such payments are made;
  `(ii) information with respect to the basic foster care maintenance payment
  level, whether such payment level includes an amount to cover the cost of
  clothing, and whether such payment level varies by the type of care or the
  special needs or age of the child, and if so, the payment levels for each
  special needs, care, or age category;
  `(iii) if such payments are not made at a different rate for children with
  special needs who test positive for human immunodeficiency virus, have
  acquired immune deficiency syndrome, are addicted to drugs, or suffer from
  complications due to exposure to drugs or alcohol, the reasons therefor; and
  `(iv) information on any limitations imposed by the State on adoption
  assistance payments levels;'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1992, and shall apply to payments under part E of title IV
  of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1993 and to such payments for
  any succeeding fiscal year.
SEC. 210. ACCELERATED DISPOSITIONAL HEARING.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Section 475(5)(C) (42 U.S.C. 675(5)(C)) is amended by
  striking `eighteen months' and inserting `12 months'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1994, and shall apply to payments under part E of title IV
  of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1995 and to such payments for
  any succeeding fiscal year.
SEC. 211. PERIODIC REVIEW OF CHILDREN FREE FOR ADOPTION.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Section 475(5)(C) (42 U.S.C. 675(5)(C)) is amended by
  striking `which hearing shall determine' and all that follows through
  `independent living; and' and inserting `which hearing shall--
  `(i) determine the future status of the child, including whether the child
  should be returned to the parent, should be continued in foster care for
  a specified period, should be placed for adoption, or should (because of
  the child's special needs or circumstances) be continued in foster care
  on a permanent or long-term basis;
  `(ii) if the hearing determines that the child should be placed for adoption,
  determine and document the measures needed to enhance the likelihood of
  making the child legally eligible for adoption and of finding an adoptive
  home for the child;
  `(iii) if the child is legally eligible for adoption, determine and
  document--
  `(I) the specific measures which have been taken, and the specific measures
  which need to be taken, to make an adoptive placement; or
  `(II) a finding that placement of the child in an adoptive family would
  be inappropriate; and
  `(iv) if the child has attained age 16, determine the services needed to
  assist the child to make the transition from foster care to independent
  living; and'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1994, and shall apply to payments under part E of title IV
  of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1995 and to such payments for
  any succeeding fiscal year.
SEC. 212. TIME FRAME FOR JUDICIAL DETERMINATIONS ON VOLUNTARY PLACEMENTS.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Section 472(e) (42 U.S.C. 6762(e)) is amended--
  (1) by striking `No' and inserting `(1) Except as provided in paragraph
  (2), no'; and
  (2) by adding at the end the following:
  `(2) If the judicial determination referred to in paragraph (1) is made after
  the 180-day period described therein, the payments referred to therein may
  not be made for the period that begins at the end of the 180-day period
  and ends 180 days after the date of the judicial determination, but may
  be made for periods thereafter.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1992, shall apply to payments under part E of title IV of
  the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1993 and to such payments for any
  succeeding fiscal year, and shall apply to foster care placements made on
  or after October 1, 1992.
SEC. 213. PLACEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY.
  (a) CASE PLAN PROVISIONS REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN IN OUT-OF-STATE FOSTER
  CARE PLACEMENTS- Section 475(1) (42 U.S.C. 675(1)) is amended by inserting
  after subparagraph (C) the following:
  `(D) In the case of a child receiving foster care maintenance payments under
  section 472 who is placed in a facility outside the State, a finding that--
  `(i) efforts have been made to place the child in a facility in the State;
  `(ii) the child needs services not available in the State;
  `(iii) the placement is in the least restrictive (most family like) setting
  available, consistent with the best interest and the special needs of the
  child; and
  `(iv) the placement has been approved by--
  `(I) a court; or
  `(II) a committee (such as a foster care review board), established by the
  State, that reviews placements outside the State and that, in addition
  to the appropriate State personnel, includes child advocates, parents,
  and other individuals the State deems appropriate.'.
  (b) STATUS OF CHILDREN IN OUT-OF-STATE FOSTER CARE PLACEMENTS TO BE
  JUDICIALLY REVIEWED ANNUALLY WITH THE CHILD PRESENT- Section 475(5)(B)
  (42 U.S.C. 675(5)(B)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
  `and in the case of a child who is placed by a State in a foster care
  facility outside the State, the status of the child shall be reviewed
  by a court, not less frequently than annually, with the child present,
  unless the court determines that due to the age or condition of the child,
  or for some other good cause, the presence of the child would be detrimental
  to the child or would not accomplish a useful purpose,'.
  (c) STATE PLAN REQUIREMENT- Section 471(a) (42 U.S.C. 671(a)), as amended
  by section 205(a)(1) of this Act, is amended--
  (1) by striking `and' at the end of paragraph (17);
  (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (18) and inserting `;
  and'; and
  (3) by adding at the end the following:
  `(19) provides that the State agency must ensure that any facility outside
  the State in which a child eligible for foster care maintenance payments
  under section 472 is placed meets all originating State standards applicable
  to child care facilities, or is operated in accord with recommended standards
  of national organizations concerned with standards for such facilities,
  including standards of the types described in paragraph (10).'.
  (d) COLLECTION OF DATA ON NUMBERS OF CHILDREN IN OUT-OF-STATE FOSTER CARE
  PLACEMENTS- Section 479(c)(3)(C) (42 U.S.C. 679(c)(3)(C)) is amended--
  (1) by striking `and' at the end of clause (i); and
  (2) by adding at the end the following:
  `(iii) children placed in foster care outside the State, and'.
  (e) EFFECTIVE DATES-
  (1) CASE PLAN AND STATE PLAN CHANGES- The amendments made by subsections
  (a), (b), and (c) shall take effect on October 1, 1993 and shall apply
  to payments under part E of title IV of the Social Security Act for
  expenditures made in or after fiscal year 1994.
  (2) DATA COLLECTION- The amendments made by subsection (d) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1994 and shall apply to payments under part E of title IV of
  the Social Security Act for expenditures made in or after fiscal year 1995.
  (f) STUDY OF REASONS FOR MAKING OUT-OF-STATE FOSTER CARE PLACEMENTS-
  In order for a State to receive payments under section 474 of the Social
  Security Act for amounts expended after fiscal year 1994 for foster care
  maintenance payments under section 472 of such Act made with respect to
  children placed by the State in foster care outside the State, the State
  shall, by the end of such fiscal year, conduct and submit to the Secretary
  a study designed to identify--
  (1) the number of such children and the characteristics (if any) common
  to such children; and
  (2) the reasons why such children were not placed in foster care in
  the State.
SEC. 214. TREATMENT OF ASSETS OF YOUTH PARTICIPATING IN INDEPENDENT LIVING
PROGRAM.
  (a) ACCUMULATION OF ASSETS- Section 477 (42 U.S.C. 677) is amended--
  (1) by redesignating subsection (i) as subsection (j); and
  (2) by inserting after subsection (h) the following:
  `(i) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, with respect to
  a child who is included in a program established under subsection (a),
  an amount of the assets of the child which would otherwise be regarded as
  resources for the purposes of determining eligibility for programs under
  this title may be disregarded for the purpose of allowing the child to
  establish a household. Such amount may not exceed an amount determined
  by the State agency responsible for the administration of the program as
  reasonable for the purpose of establishing a household.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1992, and shall apply to payments under part E of title IV
  of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1993 and to such payments for
  any succeeding fiscal year.
SEC. 215. ELIMINATION OF FOSTER CARE CEILINGS AND OF AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER
UNUSED FOSTER CARE FUNDS TO CHILD WELFARE SERVICES PROGRAMS.
  (a) REPEAL- Subsections (b) and (c) of section 474 (42 U.S.C. 674 (b) and
  (c)) are hereby repealed.
  (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- Section 474 (42 U.S.C. 674), as amended by
  sections 208(a)(1)(B) and 218(f)(1) of this Act, is amended--
  (1) in subsection (d)--
  (A) by striking `subsections (a), (b), and (c)' and inserting `subsection
  (a)'; and
  (B) by striking `the provisions of such subsections' and inserting
  `subsection (a)'; and
  (2) by redesignating subsections (d), (e), and (f) as subsections (b),
  (c), and (d), respectively.
  (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect
  on October 1, 1992, and shall apply to payments under part E of title IV
  of the Social Security Act for fiscal year 1993 and to such payments for
  any succeeding fiscal year.
SEC. 216. REGULATIONS FOR TRAINING OF AGENCY STAFF AND OF FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE
PARENTS.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of
  this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish an
  advisory committee which shall include representatives of--
  (1) nonprofit organizations with an interest in child welfare (including
  organizations that train professional social workers in the field of child
  welfare services); and
  (2) organizations representing State and local governmental agencies with
  responsibility for foster care and adoption services.
  (b) FINAL REGULATIONS- Not later than 9 months after the date of the
  enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall,
  after consultation with the advisory committee established under subsection
  (a), issue final regulations setting forth detailed guidelines to assist
  States in using Federal matching funds authorized to be provided under
  section 474(a)(3) of the Social Security Act for the purpose of training
  for--
  (1) individuals who are employed, or preparing for employment, by the
  agencies with responsibility for administering the foster care and adoption
  assistance programs of the States under part E of title IV of such Act; and
  (2) foster and adoptive parents.
SEC. 217. PUBLICATION OF PROGRAM DATA.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Section 479 (42 U.S.C. 679) is amended by adding after
  the subsection added by section 208(b)(2) of this Act the following:
  `(e) Not later than January 31 of each year, the Secretary shall submit
  to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and
  the Committee on Finance of the Senate, and shall make available to the
  public at a charge equal to the cost of printing, a report containing the
  following information, at least for the most recent fiscal year for which
  such information is available:
  `(1) A detailed summary, and a breakdown by State, of--
  `(A) the expenditures of each State for the program during the fiscal
  year for each of the programs funded under part B, part C, or this part,
  broken down in a manner that shows the extent to which such expenditures
  were made from funds provided by each of Federal or State sources; and
  `(B) to the extent available, the number of children or families
  participating in each of such programs.
  `(2) Information detailing the schedule and result of the reviews conducted
  under the regulatory review system established in accordance with section
  491, including information on payments withheld, reduced, or sought, or
  intended by the Secretary to be withheld, reduced, or sought, from each
  State as a result of such reviews.
  `(3) The information described in clauses (ii) and (iii) of section
  471(a)(11)(B).
  `(4) An analysis of the services provided with funds made available under
  part B.
  `(5) A listing and summary of ongoing research, training, and demonstration
  projects funded under section 426 or 1144(c) of this Act or under section
  504 of the Family Preservation Act of 1992, and the expected date for the
  publication of any evaluations of, conclusions based on, or analyses of
  such projects.
  `(6) Any other information the Secretary deems useful to monitor the
  operations of the program.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1992.
SEC. 218. REVIEW OF CHILD WELFARE ACTIVITIES.
  (a) NEW SYSTEM FOR REVIEWING CHILD WELFARE ACTIVITIES-
  (1) IN GENERAL- Title IV (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is amended by adding at
  the end the following:
`PART G--CHILD WELFARE REVIEW SYSTEM
`SEC. 491. CHILD WELFARE REVIEW SYSTEM.
  `(a) ESTABLISHMENT BY REGULATION-
  `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall establish, by regulation, a system for--
  `(A) the review of each State child welfare program for the purposes of--
  `(i) assessing whether the program is being carried out as required by
  parts B and E;
  `(ii) identifying any area in which the program is not being carried out
  as so required, and the degree to which the program is not being so carried
  out; and
  `(iii) in cases of a substantial failure to comply with certain requirements
  of part B or E, imposing financial penalties proportional to the degree of
  such failure to comply, unless action is taken to correct such failure; and
  `(B) the provision of technical assistance to any such program.
  `(2) STATE CHILD WELFARE PROGRAM DEFINED- As used in this section, the term
  `child welfare program' means, with respect to a State--
  `(A) all activities engaged in by, or under contract with, the State for
  the purpose of carrying out the State plan for child welfare services
  under part B; and
  `(B) all activities engaged in by, or under contract with, the State for
  the purpose of carrying out the State plan approved by the Secretary under
  part E.
  `(b) CONTENT OF REGULATIONS- The regulations required by subsection
  (a) shall--
  `(1) require each State child welfare program to be reviewed on a fiscal
  year basis to determine--
  `(A) whether and, where appropriate, the degree to which, the program
  complies with the requirements of the State plans referred to in subsection
  (a)(2); and
  `(B) the extent to which the amounts claimed to have been expended by the
  State for foster care maintenance payments under section 472 and for adoption
  assistance payments under section 473 are eligible for reimbursement under
  part E;
  `(2) specify the criteria that are to be used to assess, with respect to
  each subparagraph of paragraph (1)--
  `(A) whether the program has complied with the requirements that apply to
  the matters described in such subparagraph; and
  `(B) the degree of such compliance;
  `(3)(A) after taking into account the average performance of all States in
  carrying out the State plans referred to in subsection (a)(2), establish,
  with respect to each subparagraph of paragraph (1) of this subsection (and,
  for each subparagraph, with respect to such conduct as the Secretary may
  deem especially important)--
  `(i) thresholds beyond which the program will be determined to have failed
  to comply with the requirements that apply to the matters described in
  such subparagraph; and
  `(ii) thresholds beyond which a failure of the program to comply with such
  applicable requirements will be determined to be substantial; and
  `(B) notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for the first review of any State
  under this section, establish and apply such initial thresholds of the
  types described in subparagraph (A) as the Secretary deems appropriate;
  `(4) require the thresholds established under paragraph (3)(A) to be
  periodically reviewed and, if necessary, revised to take into account
  information from completed reviews under such regulations and changes in
  State performance;
  `(5) require that the procedures used to determine the degree to which
  a State child welfare program is carried out in compliance with the
  applicable requirements--
  `(A) enable a single, integrated, and timely review of all matters referred
  to in paragraph (1);
  `(B) include the sampling of foster care maintenance payments made under
  section 472, adoption assistance payments made under section 473, and
  payments for such other activities under the State plan approved under
  part E as the Secretary deems appropriate;
  `(C) be applied uniformly to each State program; and
  `(D) be periodically reviewed and, if necessary, revised to take into
  account information from completed reviews under such regulations;
  `(6) provide that a deficiency or error in the State child welfare program
  is not to be taken into account if the deficiency or error is--
  `(A) due to the State's failure to properly implement changes in Federal
  statute within the 6-month period beginning with the date the statute
  takes effect or, if later, within the 6-month period beginning with the
  date the regulation is issued if the regulation is reasonably necessary
  to construe or apply the statute;
  `(B) due to the State's reliance upon and correct use of erroneous
  information provided by the Secretary about matters or fact;
  `(C) due to the State's reliance upon and correct use of written statements
  of Federal policy provided to the State by the Secretary; or
  `(D) of a technical nature and does not materially affect the performance
  of the program or the protection of children who are in, or at risk of
  being placed in, foster care;
  `(7) establish the method by which a financial penalty is to be calculated,
  with respect to each subparagraph of subsection (b)(1), if a failure of the
  State child welfare program to comply with the requirements that apply to the
  matters described in such subparagraph is determined to be substantial; and
  `(8) provide that the financial penalty to be imposed for a failure
  described in paragraph (7) is--
  `(A) proportional to the degree of the failure; and
  `(B) to the extent appropriate, based on the formula used to determine
  the amount of a disallowance under section 408(f).
  `(c) FREQUENCY OF REVIEWS- Not less frequently than once every 3 years,
  the Secretary shall complete a review of each State child welfare program
  for the most recently completed fiscal year under the regulatory review
  system established in accordance with this section.
  `(d) EFFECTS OF DETERMINATIONS OF NONCOMPLIANCE-
  `(1) NOTIFICATION- The Secretary shall provide timely notification to any
  State of any determination under this section that the State child welfare
  program has failed, with respect to any subparagraph of subsection (b)(1),
  to comply with the requirements that apply to the matters described in
  such subparagraph, and shall include with such notice--
  `(A) the basis for the determination; and
  `(B) the amount of the financial penalty (if any) imposed on the State
  under the regulations issued under this section.
  `(2) ACTIONS AUTHORIZED IN CASES OF NONCOMPLIANCE OTHER THAN SUBSTANTIAL
  NONCOMPLIANCE- If, under the regulatory review system established in
  accordance with this section, a State child welfare program is determined
  to have failed, with respect to any subparagraph of subsection (b)(1),
  to comply with the requirements that apply to the matters described in
  such subparagraph, and the failure is not substantial, the Secretary--
  `(A) may require the State to submit to the Secretary a plan and a timetable
  for taking action to correct the deficiencies or errors constituting the
  failure to comply;
  `(B) may annually review the progress of the State in carrying out the
  corrective action plan; and
  `(C) shall offer to the State technical assistance in such areas of the
  program as the Secretary may deem appropriate.
  `(3) ACTIONS REQUIRED IN CASES OF SUBSTANTIAL NONCOMPLIANCE- If, under the
  regulatory review system established in accordance with this section, the
  failure of a State child welfare program is determined to be substantial
  with respect to any subparagraph of subsection (b)(1), the Secretary shall--
  `(A) impose upon the State the financial penalty required by the regulatory
  review system;
  `(B) make available to the State technical assistance designed to enable
  the State to carry out the program in compliance with the requirements
  that apply to the matters described in such subparagraph; and
  `(C) annually review the progress of the State in complying with such
  requirements, until the State carries out the program in substantial
  compliance with such requirements.
  `(e) SUSPENSION OF FINANCIAL PENALTIES-
  `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall suspend any financial penalty that
  the Secretary has imposed on a State under this section--
  `(A) if the State submits to the Secretary a plan and a timetable for taking
  action to correct the deficiencies or errors constituting the failure to
  comply with respect to which the penalty was imposed, and the Secretary
  approves the corrective action plan and timetable; and
  `(B) for so long as the Secretary finds that the plan is being fully
  implemented in accordance with the timetable.
  `(2) AUTHORITY TO REVISE CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN AND TIMETABLE- The
  Secretary may approve such changes to any corrective action plan and
  timetable submitted by a State under paragraph (1) as the Secretary deems
  appropriate to enable the State to correct the deficiencies or errors with
  respect to which the plan and timetable were submitted.
  `(f) RESCISSION OF FINANCIAL PENALTIES- The Secretary shall rescind any
  financial penalty that the Secretary has imposed on a State under this
  section, upon a finding by the Secretary that--
  `(1) the State has fully implemented the plan in accordance with the
  timetable; and
  `(2) the State is in substantial compliance with the requirements with
  respect to which the penalty was imposed.
  `(g) ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW-
  `(1) IN GENERAL- Within a reasonable time after a State is notified of a
  determination under this section that the failure of a State child welfare
  program to comply with applicable requirements is substantial, and of the
  amount of the financial penalty imposed on the State under this section
  with respect to such failure, the State may appeal the determination and
  the imposition of the penalty (in whole or in part) to the Departmental
  Appeals Board established in the Department of Health and Human Services,
  by filing an appeal with the Board.
  `(2) AUTHORITY OF BOARD TO ADJUST PENALTY- The Board may adjust the amount of
  the financial penalty to be imposed under this section, taking into account--
  `(A) the amount of the financial penalty imposed by the Secretary;
  `(B) the proportionality of the penalty to the degree of the failure; and
  `(C) where appropriate, whether the failure materially affected the
  protection of children who are in, or at risk of being placed in, foster
  care.
  `(h) JUDICIAL REVIEW-
  `(1) IN GENERAL- Within a reasonable time after a decision by the
  Departmental Appeals Board with respect to the imposition of a penalty under
  the regulatory review system established in accordance with this section,
  the State may obtain judicial review of the decision by filing an action in--
  `(A) the district court of the United States for the judicial district in
  which the principal or headquarters office of the agency responsible for
  administering the State child welfare program is located; or
  `(B) the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
  `(2) PROCEDURAL RULES- The district court shall review the decision of
  the Board on the record established in the proceedings before the Board,
  in accordance with the standards of review prescribed by subparagraphs
  (A) through (E) of section 706(2) of title 5, United States Code.'.
  (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall take effect
  on the date of the enactment of this Act.
  (b) FINAL REGULATIONS-
  (1) DEADLINE FOR ISSUANCE- Not later than April 1, 1993, the Secretary
  of Health and Human Services shall issue, in final form, the regulations
  required by section 491 of the Social Security Act.
  (2) APPLICABILITY- Such regulations shall apply to conduct occurring on
  or after October 1, 1993.
  (c) CONFORMING AMENDMENT-
  (1) IN GENERAL- Section 471(b) (42 U.S.C. 671(b)) is amended by striking
  all that follows the first sentence.
  (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall take effect
  on October 1, 1993.
  (d) ALL STATE CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS TO BE REVIEWED BY THE END OF FISCAL
  YEAR 1997- Not later than September 30, 1997, the Secretary of Health and
  Human Services shall complete at least 1 review of each State child welfare
  program (as defined in section 491 of the Social Security Act) under the
  regulatory review system established in accordance with such section.
  (e) PROHIBITION AGAINST COLLECTING DISALLOWANCES IMPOSED FOR NONCOMPLIANCE
  WITH CHILD WELFARE SERVICES REQUIREMENTS- The Secretary of Health and
  Human Services shall not--
  (1) on or after the date of the enactment of this Act, reduce any payment to,
  withhold any payment from, or seek any repayment from, any State under part
  B or E of title IV of the Social Security Act by reason of a determination
  made in connection with any review of State compliance with--
  (A) the foster care protections of section 427 of the Social Security Act
  (as in effect before fiscal year 1993) for any fiscal year before fiscal
  year 1993; or
  (B) section 422(b)(9) of such Act for fiscal year 1993 or 1994;
  (2) before October 1, 1994, reduce any payment to, withhold any payment
  from, or seek any repayment from, any State under part E of title IV of
  the Social Security Act by reason of a determination made in connection
  with any on-site Federal financial review, or any audit conducted by the
  Inspector General using similar methodologies.
  (f) TREATMENT OF DEFERRAL ACTIONS UNDER PART E-
  (1) IN GENERAL- Section 474 (42 U.S.C. 674) is amended by adding after
  the subsection added by section 208(a)(1)(B) of this Act the following:
  `(f)(1) The Secretary may not take any action to suspend payment with
  respect to any claim for reimbursement under this part, after the end
  of the 30-day period that begins with the date the Secretary receives
  the quarterly statement of expenditures required under section 403 that
  contains the report of the claim.
  `(2) Within 10 months after the Secretary takes any action to suspend
  payment with respect to such a claim, the Secretary shall--
  `(A) determine the allowability of the claim; or
  `(B) if unable to make such a determination, make payment with respect to
  the claim, subject to a later determination of allowability.'.
  (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall take effect
  on the date of the enactment of this Act, and shall apply to actions taken
  before, on, or after such date.
TITLE III--SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT
SEC. 301. TITLE XX SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT.
  (a) INCREASE IN FUNDING- Section 2003 (42 U.S.C. 1397b) is amended--
  (1) in subsection (c)--
  (A) in paragraph (4), by striking `and';
  (B) in paragraph (5), by striking `fiscal year after fiscal year 1989.' and
  inserting `of fiscal years 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1997;'; and
  (C) by adding at the end the following:
  `(6) $2,900,000,000, for each of fiscal years 1993 and 1994; and
  `(7) the amount calculated under subsection (d) for fiscal year 1998 and
  each succeeding fiscal year.'; and
  (2) by adding at the end the following:
  `(d) The amount calculated under this subsection for a fiscal year is
  $2,800,000,000, increased by the percentage (if any) by which--
  `(1) the average of the Consumer Price Index (as defined in section 1(f)(5)
  of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) for the 12-month period ending on
  July 31 of the immediately preceding fiscal year; exceeds
  `(2) the average of the Consumer Price Index (as so defined) for the
  12-month period ending on July 31, 1996.'.
  (b) ALLOCATION OF FUNDS TO INDIAN TRIBES AND TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS- Section
  2003 (42 U.S.C. 1397b) is amended by adding after the subsection added by
  subsection (a) of this section the following:
  `(e)(1) If, with respect to any State--
  `(A) the Secretary receives a request from a tribal organization in the
  State that assistance under this title be provided directly to the tribal
  organization for a fiscal year; and
  `(B) the tribal organization has submitted an application for the fiscal
  year that meets such criteria as the Secretary may prescribe by regulation,
the Secretary shall reserve from the amounts that would otherwise be allotted
to the State for the fiscal year not less than the amount that bears the same
ratio to the allotment for the State for the fiscal year under subsection (b)
(before the application of this subsection) as the population of Indians
residing in the State on the reservation or reservations of the tribal
organization, or on trust lands adjacent to such reservation or reservations,
bears to the population of the State, and shall pay to the tribal organization
an amount equal to the amount so reserved.
  `(2) For purposes of this subsection, the terms `tribal organization'
  and `Indian' have the meaning given such terms by section 4 of the Indian
  Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.'.
TITLE IV--RESEARCH, DEMONSTRATION, AND EVALUATION ACTIVITIES
SEC. 401. ADVISORY COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Part A of title XI of the Social Security Act (42
  U.S.C. 1301-1320b-13) is amended by adding at the end the following:
`SEC. 1144. ADVISORY COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
  `(a) ESTABLISHMENT- The Director of the Office of Technology Assessment (in
  this section referred to as the `Director' and the `Office', respectively)
  shall establish a commission to be known as the `Advisory Commission on
  Children and Families' (in this section referred to as the `Commission').
  `(b) GENERAL DUTIES- The Commission shall identify cost-effective approaches
  to protect and enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and financial
  well-being of children and their families, by--
  `(1) collecting and assessing information on--
  `(A) measures of the economic, social, and physical well-being of children;
  `(B) the causes and effects of maltreatment of children;
  `(C) the effectiveness of social services and income supports in
  strengthening the family unit;
  `(D) the effects of substitute care on the well-being of children;
  `(E) the adequacy and effectiveness of cash assistance and tax policies
  in maintaining family incomes;
  `(F) the incentive effects of family policies;
  `(G) the effect of family breakup on family economics;
  `(H) ways to promote the parental support of children;
  `(I) participation in Federal programs supporting children and their
  families;
  `(J) program management and service delivery by public organizations
  working with families and children; and
  `(K) such other issues related to children and their families as the
  Commission deems it appropriate to study; and
  `(2) in collecting and assessing such information--
  `(A) use existing information, whether or not published, where possible,
  collected and assessed by Commission staff or under arrangements made in
  accordance with this paragraph;
  `(B) carry out or award grants or contracts for original research and
  experimentation where existing information is inadequate for the development
  of useful and valid information by the Commission; and
  `(C) adopt procedures to allow any interested person to submit to the
  Commission information on issues relating to social and support services,
  and income security, for children and their families, which information
  the Commission shall consider in making reports and recommendations to
  the Secretary and to the Congress.
  `(c) MEMBERSHIP-
  `(1) NUMBER; APPOINTMENT-
  `(A) IN GENERAL- The Commission shall be composed of 15 individuals
  appointed by the Director, not later than April 1, 1993.
  `(B) DIRECTOR REQUIRED TO SOLICIT NOMINATIONS- The Director shall solicit
  nominations to the Commission from a wide variety of individuals and
  groups, including--
  `(i) national organizations representing State welfare directors;
  `(ii) national organizations representing children or families, or both; and
  `(iii) public and private organizations which provide services directly
  to children and their families.
  `(C) QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS- The Director shall appoint individuals
  to the Commission from among those who are able to provide expertise and
  experience in the evaluation and administration of programs and policies
  relating to social and support services, and income security, for children
  and their families, including issues relating to child welfare, foster care
  and adoption assistance, preventive and supportive services, child support,
  and cash assistance.
  `(2) TERMS OF OFFICE- Each member shall be appointed for a term of 3 years,
  except that the Director may provide initially for such shorter terms to
  ensure that (on a continuing basis) the terms of not more than 7 members
  expire in any 1 year.
  `(d) COMMISSION POWERS, COMPENSATION, ACCESS TO INFORMATION, AND SUPERVISION-
  The first sentence of subparagraph (C), the first and third sentences of
  subparagraph (D), subparagraph (F) (except with respect to the conduct
  of medical studies), subparagraph (G), and subparagraph (H) of section
  1886(e)(6) shall apply to the Commission in the same manner in which such
  provisions apply to the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission.
  `(e) EXEMPTION FROM TERMINATION REQUIREMENT OF THE FEDERAL ADVISORY
  COMMITTEE ACT- Section 14(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act
  shall not apply to the Commission.
  `(f) ANNUAL STATUS REPORTS- The Office shall report annually to the
  Congress on--
  `(1) the functioning and progress of the Commission; and
  `(2) the status of the assessment by the Commission of issues relating
  to social and support services, and income security, for children and
  their families.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on the date of the enactment of this Act.
SEC. 402. RESEARCH AND EVALUATIONS TO BE CONDUCTED BY THE ADVISORY COMMISSION
ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Section 1144, as added by section 401(a) of this Act, is
  amended by redesignating subsections (c), (d), (e), and (f) as subsections
  (d), (e), (f), and (g), respectively, and by inserting after subsection
  (b) the following:
  `(c) RESEARCH AND EVALUATION PROJECTS-
  `(1) EVALUATION OF CHILD WELFARE SERVICES PROGRAMS-
  `(A) IN GENERAL- The Commission shall, directly or under contract with
  1 or more independent research organizations, evaluate child welfare
  services programs receiving funds under part B, including programs of
  each of the 3 types described in the subparagraphs of section 435(a)(2),
  in accordance with such criteria as the Commission deems appropriate. To
  the maximum extent practicable, the evaluations shall use treatment and
  control groups of statistically appropriate sample sizes to measure the
  effects of the program. The evaluations shall consider short-term and
  long-term program effects.
  `(B) INTENSIVE FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAMS-
  `(i) IN GENERAL- An appropriate portion of the evaluations referred to in
  subparagraph (A) shall be of intensive family preservation programs. For
  purposes of this subsection, the term `intensive family preservation
  programs' means family-based crisis intervention programs which are--
  `(I) designed to maintain children safely in their homes and prevent the
  need for foster care; and
  `(II) characterized by small caseloads for workers, limited duration
  of services, 24-hour-a-day availability of staff, and the provision of
  services primarily in the child's home or in another environment familiar
  to the child.
  `(ii) EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS- (I) The evaluation of any intensive family
  preservation program shall provide information on the extent (if any)
  to which the success of the program depends on--
  `(aa) the philosophical approach of the program;
  `(bb) the types of services provided by the various kinds of programs;
  `(cc) the administrative techniques employed by the various kinds of
  programs;
  `(dd) the characteristics of families participating in the various kinds
  of programs; and
  `(ee) other relevant factors.
  `(II) Only programs that have a plan for targeting families that are at
  imminent risk of a foster care placement shall be evaluated, and a portion
  (deemed appropriate by the Commission) of the programs evaluated must
  target families in crisis due to substance abuse.
  `(III) A control group and a treatment group shall be established consisting
  of families at imminent risk of a foster care placement.
  `(IV) Families in the control group shall receive the array of preplacement
  preventive services available to families in the areas in which the programs
  are located.
  `(V) The services received by the families in the control group and
  the services received by the families in the treatment group shall be
  described, and an assessment of the need for post-program services for
  families participating in the programs shall be made.
  `(VI) Each group of families shall be monitored for at least 3 years
  after participation in the programs to determine the effectiveness of
  such programs.
  `(VII) The effectiveness of any program shall be determined by using
  specific outcome measures deemed appropriate by the Commission, including--
  `(aa) whether the program resulted in the placement of fewer children in
  foster care over the short- and long-term;
  `(bb) whether the program increased the well-being of children and improved
  family functioning;
  `(cc) whether the program provided valuable diagnostic information and
  promoted earlier and more successful permanent placements; and
  `(dd) whether the benefits of the program exceeded the costs of the program.
  `(2) FOSTER CARE EVALUATIONS- In order to promote more appropriate and
  effective foster care for children in need of long-term foster care, the
  Commission shall, directly or under contract with 1 or more independent
  research organizations, and in accordance with such criteria as the
  Commission deems appropriate, evaluate the effects of alternative foster
  care arrangements and services on the well-being of children who--
  `(A) have little prospect of being reunited with their families, or of
  being adopted; and
  `(B) represent a challenging group of foster children who are in need of
  specialized services or care.
  `(3) LONGITUDINAL CHILD WELFARE DATA BASES; STUDIES OF CHILD WELFARE
  POPULATION DYNAMICS-
  `(A) CONTRACT AUTHORITY- In order to develop more appropriate and effective
  intervention strategies with respect to children and their families who
  are referred or reported to the child welfare system, the Commission
  shall, directly or under contract with 1 or more independent research
  organizations--
  `(i) plan, design, develop, and implement not more than 5 child welfare
  data bases that provide detailed longitudinal information on children
  and their families to whom the local public child welfare system provides
  services, from the time such children are first referred or reported to
  such system; and
  `(ii) using data from such data bases, conduct such studies on children and
  their families served by public child welfare systems, as the Commission
  deems appropriate, including a study of the extent to which a lack of
  affordable housing is a factor in the placement of children in foster care,
  and (at the option of the Commission) studies of--
  `(I) the movements of subgroups of children and their families into,
  through, and out of the various parts of the child welfare system;
  `(II) the characteristics of those children or families who stay in the
  system or various parts of the system for short time periods versus those
  who stay for long time periods;
  `(III) the type and intensity of, and effectiveness of, services that
  families receive in the system;
  `(IV) the frequency of contact between and among foster children, their
  parents, and caseworkers;
  `(V) the factors associated with repeat occurrences of child abuse and
  neglect, and other outcomes; and
  `(VI) the condition of children in the system in areas that may include
  educational performance, health, and personal and social adjustment.
  `(B) AGREEMENTS WITH STATES-
  `(i) IN GENERAL- Not later than October 1, 1993, the Secretary shall,
  taking into account recommendations made by the Commission, enter into
  agreements with not more than 5 States or localities to--
  `(I) participate in the planning, design, development, and operation of a
  longitudinal child welfare data base described in subparagraph (A) in the
  participating State or locality involved; and
  `(II) reimburse such States or localities for expenditures incurred with
  respect to such activities.
  `(ii) PAYMENTS TO STATES- Under each such agreement, the Secretary shall be
  obligated to pay the State or locality participating in the establishment
  of the data base--
  `(I) from amounts available for payments under section 474(a)(3)(C), 90
  percent of such expenditures as are incurred during the 3-year period
  beginning on October 1, 1993, for the planning, design, development,
  installation, or operation of the data base; and
  `(II) from amounts available for payments under section 474(a)(3)(D), 50
  percent of such expenditures as are incurred after the end of such 3-year
  period for the operation of the data base.
  `(C) DATA BASE REQUIREMENTS- The Secretary shall ensure that each
  longitudinal data base established under this paragraph--
  `(i) includes information on the receipt, by children and their families
  in the data base, of particular child welfare services, including--
  `(I) child protective services;
  `(II) services designed to strengthen and preserve families;
  `(III) foster care and adoption services; and
  `(IV) other services made available by the child welfare system;
  `(ii) to the extent feasible, includes information on the receipt of
  services, or the placement of children, through the public mental health
  or juvenile justice agencies;
  `(iii) includes only data that are reliable and developed using uniform
  definitions and methodologies that are consistent over time and, to the
  extent feasible, among jurisdictions; and
  `(iv) to the extent appropriate, is implemented with the State data
  collection and information retrieval systems described in section
  474(a)(3)(C).
  `(4) COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROJECTS EVALUATIONS-
  `(A) IN GENERAL- The Commission shall, directly or under contract with
  1 or more independent research organizations, evaluate the effectiveness
  of 1 or more comprehensive service projects authorized under section 441
  that the Commission considers likely to yield significant information not
  available elsewhere, in accordance with such criteria as the Commission
  deems appropriate.
  `(B) EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS- Each such evaluation shall measure, using
  criteria the Commission deems appropriate, the extent to which the project--
  `(i) increased the well-being of children and their families;
  `(ii) resulted in cost savings due to a reduction in the number of
  placements of children outside their homes or in the length of stay in
  out-of-home placements;
  `(iii) increased coordination within the child welfare agency, and among
  the child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice agencies;
  `(iv) increased the level and mix of preventive services available to
  children and their families in the child welfare, mental health, and
  juvenile justice systems; and
  `(v) resulted in such other outcomes as the Commission deems it appropriate
  to measure.
  `(C) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE- The Commission shall provide technical
  assistance, upon request, to any State preparing an application to conduct
  a comprehensive services project, and shall provide to any State, upon
  request, a statement containing the Commission's recommendations to the
  Secretary with respect to the application.
  `(5) CHILD SEPARATION GUIDELINES STUDY-
  `(A) IN GENERAL- The Commission shall conduct a study designed to answer
  the following questions:
  `(i) How do the criteria for removal of children from the home, and the tools
  for assessing the risk to the child if not removed from the home, vary from
  State to State? In considering this question, the Commission should examine--
  `(I) the decisionmaking process at the caseworker level in at least 3 States,
  at least 1 of which has a significantly higher than average rate of removing
  children from the home, at least 1 of which has an approximately average
  rate of removing children from the home, and at least 1 of which has a
  significantly lower than average rate of removing children from the home; and
  `(II) other factors that may affect placement rates such as State laws
  and policies, interpretations by the State child welfare agency of the
  reasonable efforts requirement of section 471(a)(15), and the tendency to
  place or not place children as a result of economic incentives provided
  by various State and Federal funding sources.
  `(ii) What guidelines should be used to assess such risk and determine
  the need for removal of children from the home, and what kind of training
  would ensure the consistent application of such guidelines? The Commission
  should review and compile all current research relevant to this question.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by this section shall take effect
  on the date of the enactment of this Act.
SEC. 403. OTHER RESEARCH AND EVALUATIONS.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Section 426(a) (42 U.S.C. 626(a)) is amended--
  (1) in paragraph (1), by striking `and' the second place such term appears;
  (2) in paragraph (2), by striking the period and inserting a semicolon; and
  (3) by adding at the end the following:
  `(3) to enable the Secretary--
  `(A) under contract with an independent research organization, to conduct
  a study to assess the prevalence and nature of risks to the safety of
  employees of child welfare systems, under which empirical information
  shall be obtained on--
  `(i) the incidence of violence toward, or harassment of, such employees;
  `(ii) the types of such employees exposed to the greatest risk;
  `(iii) the types of harm threatened or inflicted;
  `(iv) the characteristics of perpetrators of such violence or threats;
  `(v) the most dangerous child welfare settings; and
  `(vi) the differences (if any) between urban and rural areas in the above
  respects; and
  `(B) to make the results and recommendations of the study described in
  subparagraph (A) available for dissemination;
  `(4) to enable the Secretary--
  `(A) to enter into a contract with an organization or organizations with
  demonstrated experience in the field of workload measurement for human
  service agencies--
  `(i) under which the organization is to conduct a 3-year study to examine
  methodologies for measuring the workloads of providers of child welfare
  services and providers of community mental health services; and
  `(ii) which, at a minimum, requires the organization to--
  `(I) examine and document which methodologies are used to measure caseworker
  and supervisor workloads;
  `(II) develop general standards for measurement and size of workloads;
  `(III) apply and validate standards for measurement and size of workloads;
  and
  `(IV) develop software that enables agencies to use appropriate methodologies
  to measure workloads; and
  `(B) to consult with an advisory body selected by the Secretary, in planning
  and carrying out the study described in subparagraph (A); and
  `(C) to make the results and recommendations of the study described in
  subparagraph (A) available for dissemination; and
  `(5) to enable the Secretary--
  `(A) under contract with an independent research organization, to conduct
  a study that--
  `(i) is designed to evaluate strategies for the recruitment and retention
  of foster parents, and the effects of foster parent training programs on
  the retention of foster parents; and
  `(ii) shall identify successful recruitment techniques and recommend steps
  which could be taken at the Federal, State, or local level to improve the
  recruitment, retention, and training of foster parents; and
  `(B) to make the results and recommendations of the study described in
  subparagraph (A) available for dissemination.'.
  (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- Section 426 (42 U.S.C. 626) is amended--
  (1) by striking subsection (b); and
  (2) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (b).
  (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect
  on the date of the enactment of this Act.
SEC. 404. CHILD WELFARE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.
  (a) GENERAL PROVISIONS-
  (1) MINIMUM NUMBER OF PROJECTS OF EACH TYPE- The Secretary of Health and
  Human Services (in this section referred to as the `Secretary') shall
  authorize at least 1 demonstration project to be conducted under each
  paragraph of subsection (b), and at least 1 demonstration project to be
  conducted under each clause of subsection (b)(2)(A), during the 4-year
  period beginning with fiscal year 1994.
  (2) LIMITATION ON AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- For demonstration projects
  approved by the Secretary under this section, there are authorized to be
  appropriated to the Secretary not to exceed $45,000,000 for each of fiscal
  years 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997.
  (b) SPECIFIC TYPES OF PROJECTS-
 [Struck out->]   (1) ABANDONED INFANTS PERMANENT PLACEMENT DEMONSTRATION-
 []   (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may authorize not more than
 10 States or localities to conduct demonstration projects designed to--
 []   (i) review administrative and judicial procedures in effect
 in the State or locality for children abandoned at or shortly after birth,
 and laws in effect in the State or locality that govern abandonment and
 the termination of parental rights; []   (ii) assess which of such procedures and laws cause delays
 in the permanent placement of such children; and []   (iii) implement alternative procedures or laws to enable
 lasting permanent decisions to be made more expeditiously with respect to
 the placement of such children, including, at the option of the State or
 locality, procedures or laws that-- []   (I) provide additional attorneys or agency personnel
 to pursue or process cases involving termination of parental rights;
 []   (II) expand the standing of foster parents to bring actions
 involving the termination of parental rights; and []   (III) require certain of such children to be placed for
 foster care in homes that are likely to become the permanent adoptive homes
 of such children. []   (B) APPLICATION- Each State or locality desiring to conduct
 a demonstration project under this paragraph shall submit to the Secretary
 an application containing-- []   (i) an assurance that the State or locality developed and
 will carry out the project jointly with appropriate judicial administrators,
 and with appropriate agencies of the State or locality that provide services
 to children abandoned at or shortly after birth; and []   (ii) such other information as the Secretary may require
 by regulation. []   (C) APPROVAL OF CERTAIN APPLICATIONS- The Secretary shall
 approve not more than 10 applications to conduct projects which appear
 likely to contribute significantly to the achievement of the purpose of
 this paragraph. []   (D) EVALUATIONS; REPORT- Each State and locality that
 conducts a demonstration project under this paragraph shall develop and carry
 out a plan for evaluating the effects of the project, and shall submit to
 the Secretary a report on such evaluation. []   (E) DISSEMINATION OF REPORTS- The Secretary shall make
 available to the Congress and the public the reports submitted pursuant to
 subparagraph (D). []   (2) TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATION-
 []   (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may authorize not more than 5
 States to conduct demonstration projects, throughout the State or in areas
 of the State selected by the State, designed to-- []   (i) review administrative and judicial procedures, and
 agency legal representation, with regards to termination of parental rights;
 and []   (ii) implement new procedures or other improvements
 that ensure more timely hearing of, and decisions on, cases involving the
 termination of parental rights, with a goal of substantially reducing, with
 respect to children of individuals whose parental rights are terminated,
 the amount of time that elapses from the time such children are removed
 from home to the time parental rights are terminated. []   (B) APPLICATION- Each State desiring to conduct a
 demonstration project under this paragraph shall submit to the Secretary
 an application that includes-- []   (i) such information as the Secretary may require;
 []   (ii) written assurance that the application was developed
 and that the project will be carried out in collaboration with appropriate
 State or local judicial administrators; and []   (iii) an assurance that the State has recently reviewed,
 or, as part of the project, will review, the sufficiency of State laws
 governing the termination of parental rights. []   (C) APPROVAL OF CERTAIN APPLICATIONS- The Secretary shall
 approve not more than 5 applications to conduct projects which appear
 likely to contribute significantly to the achievement of the purpose of
 this paragraph. []   (D) EVALUATIONS; REPORT- Each State that conducts a
 demonstration project under this paragraph shall develop and carry out a
 plan for evaluating the effects of the project, and shall submit to the
 Secretary a report on such evaluation. []   (E) DISSEMINATION OF REPORTS- The Secretary shall make
 available to the Congress and the public the reports submitted pursuant to
 subparagraph (D). []   (3) BORDER REGION CHILD WELFARE WORKER TRAINING
 DEMONSTRATION-  []   (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall authorize not more than
 5 eligible institutions to conduct demonstration projects to train eligible
 individuals to deliver culturally sensitive and bilingual child welfare
 services in areas of the United States that border on Mexico. []   (B) APPLICATIONS- The Secretary shall approve an application
 of an eligible institution to conduct a demonstration project under this
 paragraph for a fiscal year if the Secretary has approved not more than 4
 other such applications for the fiscal year and the application meets the
 following requirements: []   (i) HISTORY OF, OR PLAN FOR, TRAINING STUDENTS TO DELIVER
 CHILD WELFARE SERVICES IN BORDER AREAS- The application demonstrates that
 the applicant has a history of, or a plan for, training students to deliver
 child welfare services in an area of the United States that borders on
 Mexico. []   (ii) TRAINING CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS- The application
 describes the curriculum of the training program. Such curriculum must
 be sensitive to the culture of the area that borders on Mexico and the
 State in which the applicant is located, and must include training for the
 identification of health problems of children and their families and of
 child abuse and neglect. []   (iii) SCOPE AND LENGTH OF TRAINING- The application includes
 an assurance that the training program meets all requirements established
 under subparagraph (C) governing the scope and length of the training to
 be provided. []   (iv) PLAN FOR PLACING INDIVIDUALS COMPLETING THE TRAINING
 IN BORDER AREA FAMILY ASSISTANCE AGENCIES- The application contains a plan
 for placing each eligible individual who completes the training under the
 project in a family assistance agency that provides services directly to
 residents of the border county in which the agency is located. []   (v) COMMITMENT TO CONSULT WITH STATE CHILD WELFARE AGENCY-
 The application contains a commitment by the applicant to consult with
 the child welfare agency of the State in which the applicant is located
 to ensure that the project is designed to provide individuals with child
 welfare skills that are needed for work with disadvantaged individuals in
 the area of the State that borders on Mexico. [