Issue Brief 11-42
November 23, 2011

On September 30, 2011, the president signed the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (P.L. 112-34). This law reauthorizes certain Title IV-B programs, such as Child Welfare Services and Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF), through federal fiscal year (FY) 2016. Absent legislative action, both programs would have expired on September 30, 2011. The law also renews the authority of the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to grant approval of new child welfare demonstration projects. This waiver authority had expired in 2006.