Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Project

Children and Family Services

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About the Project

This project allows the state to use federal money to improve the outcomes for children and families and decrease the number of children in foster care

  • The project includes:
    • Alternative Response (AR) model - An alternative approach in how CFS responds to a child abuse and neglect intake accepted by the Hotline
    • Provider Performance Improvement
  • Evaluation by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Children Families and the Law

History of the Project

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Administration for Children and Families gave Nebraska a Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver in September 2013.

  • The waiver allows the Division of Children and Family Services (CFS) to use federal funds to test approaches in child welfare services to improve the safety, permanency and well-being of children and youth.
  • The federal funds are matched by state money to pay for child welfare activities. 
  • The demonstration projects ends September 30, 2019.
  • There are 31 demonstration projects in the U.S.