GRANTS TO THE STATES FOR ACCESS AND VISITATION PROGRAMS| 42 U.S.C. SECTION 669(b)


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TITLE 42 – THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
CHAPTER 7 – SOCIAL SECURITY
SUBCHAPTER IV – GRANTS TO STATES FOR AID AND SERVICES TO NEEDY
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AND FOR CHILD-WELFARE SERVICES
Part D – Child Support and Establishment of Paternity

Sec. 669b. Grants to States for access and visitation programs

STATUTE:

(a) In general
The Administration for Children and Families shall make grants
under this section to enable States to establish and administer
programs to support and facilitate noncustodial parents’ access to
and visitation of their children, by means of activities including
mediation (both voluntary and mandatory), counseling, education,
development of parenting plans, visitation enforcement (including
monitoring, supervision and neutral drop-off and pickup), and
development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody
arrangements.

(b) Amount of grant
The amount of the grant to be made to a State under this section
for a fiscal year shall be an amount equal to the lesser of –

(1) 90 percent of State expenditures during the fiscal year for
activities described in subsection (a) of this section; or

(2) the allotment of the State under subsection (c) of this
section for the fiscal year.

(c) Allotments to States

(1) In general
The allotment of a State for a fiscal year is the amount that
bears the same ratio to $10,000,000 for grants under this section
for the fiscal year as the number of children in the State living
with only 1 biological parent bears to the total number of such
children in all States.

(2) Minimum allotment
The Administration for Children and Families shall adjust
allotments to States under paragraph (1) as necessary to ensure
that no State is allotted less than –

(A) $50,000 for fiscal year 1997 or 1998; or

(B) $100,000 for any succeeding fiscal year.

(d) No supplantation of State expenditures for similar activities
A State to which a grant is made under this section may not use
the grant to supplant expenditures by the State for activities
specified in subsection (a) of this section, but shall use the
grant to supplement such expenditures at a level at least equal to
the level of such expenditures for fiscal year 1995.

(e) State administration
Each State to which a grant is made under this section –

(1) may administer State programs funded with the grant,
directly or through grants to or contracts with courts, local
public agencies, or nonprofit private entities;

(2) shall not be required to operate such programs on a
statewide basis; and

(3) shall monitor, evaluate, and report on such programs in
accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary.

Source: US HOUSE REP (1/2001)

 

 

 

 

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