Voluntary Placement Agreements

Although the applicable requirement of Title IV-E is set out in section 472(e) in the sense of a court decision, it does not expressly require a hearing. If the decision is not made within 180 days of the placement as to whether or not to hold a hearing, the federal financial contribution cannot be maintained. The case cannot be reopened. The court`s decision must be rendered within the first 180 days of placement. Section 472 (e) of the Social Security Act provides that no federal payment may be made for a child who has been removed from his or her home under a voluntary placement agreement and who is in voluntary placement for more than 180 days, unless a court decision has been issued within the first 180 days of the placement that the placement is in the best interests of the child. .

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