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Maintenance of Effort

MOE funding provides services to keep children from being placed out of their own home into publicly funded placements.

Core and Case Services are funded through MOE

Maintenance-Of-Effort (MOE)
States are required by PRWORA to spend a minimum amount of their own funds every year for "qualified expenditures" on behalf of TANF eligible families.  If a State fails to maintain the designated level of historic State expenditures during a year, its TANF grant will be reduced.  Effective July 1, 1997, Colorado elected to attribute expenditures from Child Welfare's Emergency Assistance Program towards its TANF MOE requirements.  Families that are determined eligible will qualify as TANF eligible families.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), (Public Law 104-193) as amended by the balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33), is the welfare reform law that establishes the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. TANF is a block grant program designed to make dramatic reforms to the nation's welfare system by moving recipients into work and turning welfare into a program of temporary assistance.  TANF replaced the national welfare program known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and the related programs known as the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) Program and the Emergency Assistance (EA) Program.


MOE Defined

This document defines MOE eligibility factors and purpose.


Screen Instructions for adding Family Preservation Cases to CBMS

This document will give you instructions on how to add a case to CBMS.


Procedure for adding Family Preservation Cases to CBMS - A New Case Must Be Created

This document is a procedural document for adding Family Preservation (MOE) cases to CBMS.


Closing a Family Preservation Case in CBMS

This document is a procedural document for closing a Family Preservation (MOE) case in CBMS.


Agency Letters that pertain to MOE:

  1. MOE Procedures update - March 2009, CW-09-25-P, June 1, 2009
  2. Child Welfare Services Maintenance of Effort Eligibility Determination and Definition of Eligible Families, CW-05-05-P, February 16, 2005
  3. Child Welfare Services Maintenance of Effort Eligibility Procedures and Trails and New Title XX Requirements; CW-01-38-P, December 31, 2001
  4. Child Welfare Maintenance of Effort Eligibility and Reporting; CW-02-18-A; June 28, 2002
  5. Agency Letter CW-09-18-I, 200% of Poverty - 2009 Poverty Guidelines, March 12, 2009
  6. Documenting Imminent Risk of Out-Of-Home Placement in Family Services Plan; CW-04-31-A; November 2, 2004


Please direct any questions regarding Maintenance of Effort to Shawn Lopez at 303-866-3535.


revised 08/04/2013