The purpose of this memorandum is to:
1. reemphasize with social service districts the ongoing documentation requirements of the foster care program administered pursuant to Title IV-E of the Social Security Act (SSA) which provides federal participation in the maintenance cost of foster care;
2. note the end of Title IV-A Emergency Assistance to Families (EAF) as a federal funding source for the foster care area and the implications of that fact;
3. remind social services districts that while children can be eligible for SSI, Titles IV-E and IV-A(EAF) simultaneously, they cannot be in receipt of SSI and Titles IV-E or EAF benefits for the same period of time and that they must carefully weigh the benefits of SSI when contrasted with Titles IV-E and IV-A (EAF) in choosing which benefits package to pursue, and
4. advise social services districts of their roles and responsibilities when working with the State's contractor, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and/or any locally retained contractor in developing eligibility and claiming data for federal reimbursement for foster care cases.