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Federal Child Welfare Policy Manual

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Child Welfare Policy Manual can be found at: Policies affecting foster, foster-adopt, adoptive, and kinship families are found in Volume 8 (Title IV-E). The effective date of the manual is 09/24/01. The manual replaces all previous Policy Announcements (PAs) and Policy Interpretation Questions (PIQs). Archived PAs and PIQs are available by request from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC). Please contact the Clearinghouse by telephone at 1.888.251.0075, or by email at