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Fostering Connections Act 2011 Legislation

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008: H.R. 6893 / P.L 110-351

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On Oct. 7, 2008, H.R. 6893, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, was signed by the president and became Public Law No: 110-351. The law is designed to connect and support relative caregivers, improve the lives of children in foster care, support tribal foster care and adoptions, and improve incentives for adoption. H.R. 6893 provides states options for subsidized guardianship payments for relatives, incentives for adoption, adoption assistance, kinship navigator programs, new family connection grants, and federal support for young people up to age 21. To view a summary of the act, click here.


In the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions combined, 33 states and the District of Columbia enacted 63 different bills related to the provisions of the Fostering Connections Act.  In the 2011 legislative session, state activity around the act continued with approximately 10 states enacting 14 different bills. Below is a summary of state legislation that has been enacted in the 2011 legislative session.

For more information on enacted bills in 2009, click here.  For more information on enacted bills in 2010, click here

Updated 3/1/2012

2011 Enacted Legislation

STATE

BILL

BILL SUMMARY

SPONSOR

Arkansas

SB 625,
Act 591

Determines that each child in foster care be assisted so that the child can remain in his or her current school. Ensures that individuals directly involved in the care, custody, and education of a foster child shall work together to ensure continuity of educational services to the foster child. The Department of Human Services shall exercise due diligence to identify and provide notice to all adult grandparents and other adult relatives of a juvenile transferred to the custody of the department within thirty days. When it is in the best interest of each of the juveniles, the department shall attempt to place a sibling group together while they are in foster care. The department shall develop a transitional plan with every juvenile in foster care not later than the juvenile's seventeenth birthday or within ninety days of entering a foster care program for juveniles who enter foster care at seventeen years of age or older.

Senator Madison

Arkansas

SB 710,
Act 592

Concerns the Arkansas subsidized guardianship act. States that a child is eligible for a guardianship subsidy if the Department of Human Services determines that adequate funding is available for the guardianship subsidy for a child who is not Title IV-E eligible if, while in the custody of the department, the child resided in the home of the prospective relative guardian for at least six consecutive months after the prospective guardian's home was opened as a foster home.

Senator Johnson

California

AB 16A

Creates the Undistributed Account, the Foster Care Assistance Subaccount, and the Foster Care Administration Subaccount within the Local Revenue Fund 201. Relates to county contracting with specified agencies for Medi-Cal drug treatment and agency adoption programs, county savings regarding the placement of emotionally disturbed youth, local law enforcement funding, fund transfers to the Youthful Offender Block Grant Fund, automated welfare systems, a CalWORKs subaccount, and financial reporting.

Assemblyman Blumenfield

California

AB 212

Establishes provisions authorizing certain Kin-GAP recipients to continue to receive Kin-GAP aid after 18 years of age, if they are attending high school or vocational or technical training, as specified. Kin-GAP provides aid on behalf of eligible children who are placed in the home of a relative caretaker. 

Assemblymember Beall

Louisiana

SB 32
Chap. 128

Provides for guardianship of children in need of care; provides for dispositional alternatives, for the purpose of the guardianship. Provides for the guardian's rights and responsibilities, for a home study report, for a motion, hearing and order of guardianship.

Senator Weston Broome

Maine

SPO352
LD 1152
Chapter 402

Requires that the Department of Health and Human Services, within 30 days of the removal of a child from the custody of the child's parents, to exercise due diligence to identify and provide notice to all grandparents and other adult relatives of the child, except in cases of family or domestic violence. Establishes extended care for youth ages 18-20, as long as the individual attained the age of 18 while in the care and custody of the state, is enrolled in secondary, postsecondary or vocational school, is participating in a program that promotes employment or removes barriers to employment, is employed at least 80 hours per month, or has special circumstances exempting an individual from these requirements .

Senator Craven

Michigan

SB 435, Chap. 225

Extends to age 21 the age eligibility for young adult foster care program, guardianship assistance and adoption assistance. Determines that a youth who exited foster care after reaching 18 years of age but before reaching 21 years of age may reenter foster care and receive extended foster care services .

Senator Caswell

Michigan

SB 440, Chap. 230

Modifies age criteria to remain in foster care and receive adoption subsidy. The department may place a child who is at least 16 but less than 21 years of age in his or her own unlicensed residence, or in the unlicensed residence of an adult who has no supervisory responsibility for the child, if the department maintains supervisory responsibility for that child. If the child is at least 18 but less than 21 years of age, he or she must meet the requirements of the young adult voluntary foster care act.

 

Senator Proos

Missouri

HB 431

Requires the children's division to make reasonable efforts to place siblings in the same foster care, kinship, guardianship, or adoptive placement, unless doing so would be contrary to the safety or well-being of any of the siblings. If siblings are not placed together, the children's division shall make reasonable efforts to provide frequent visitation or other ongoing interaction between the siblings, unless this interaction would be contrary to a sibling's safety or well-being.

Representative Franz

Missouri

HB 604

Requires the children's division to make reasonable efforts to place siblings in the same foster care, kinship, guardianship, or adoptive placement, unless doing so would be contrary to the safety or well-being of any of the siblings. If siblings are not placed together, the children's division shall make reasonable efforts to provide frequent visitation or other ongoing interaction between the siblings unless this interaction would be contrary to a sibling's safety or well-being. 

Representative Long

Nebraska

LB 177

Requires the department to make reasonable efforts to accomplish joint-sibling placement or sibling visitation or ongoing interaction between siblings. Establishes that the Department of Health and Human Services shall identify, locate, and provide written notification of the removal of the child from his or her home, within thirty days after removal, to any non-custodial parent and to all grandparents, adult siblings, adult aunts, adult uncles, adult cousins, and adult relatives suggested by the child or the child's parents, except when that relative's history of family or domestic violence makes notification inappropriate. Determines that when a child placed in foster care turns sixteen years of age or enters foster care and is at least sixteen years of age, a written independent living transition proposal shall be developed by the Department of Health and Human Services at the direction and involvement of the child to prepare for the transition from foster care to adulthood.

Senator Campbell

Nevada

AB 110, Chapter 121

Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish and administer the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program in accordance with the Federal law to provide assistance to a relative of a child who is seeking appointment as the legal guardian of the child under certain circumstances.

Assembly Health and Human Services Committee

North Dakota

SB 2192
Chap. 227

Relates to the disposition of a child needing continued foster care services after the age of eighteen and under the age of twenty-one.

Senator Lee

Virginia SB 1038, Chap. 154

Allows a child placed in foster care to remain at his original school, if it is determined to be in his best interests. The bill requires the determination to be made in writing by the placing social services agency and the local school division together, and adds the school placement to the foster care plan.

Senator Barker

Washington

HB 1128, Chap. 330

Supports foster youth to age nineteen with the goal of increasing support to age twenty-one as resources become available.

Representative Roberts

 

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