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Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Children’s Bureau. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
The law also adds the following title IV-E plan provisions:
Assurances that certain children are enrolled in elementary/secondary school, have finished school, or cannot attend school due to a medical condition
Reasonable efforts to place siblings together and facilitate visitation or interaction for those who cannot be so placed
Develop a transition plan during the 90-day period before the youth attains age 18, or the later if the State has taken the option.
Information to prospective adoptive parents of the Federal adoption tax credit
Effective dates: Upon enactment (October 7, 2008), with delays permitted for States who require legislation to implement title IV-E plan requirements.
Creates a new plan option for States and Tribes to provide kinship guardianship assistance payments under title IV-E for relatives taking legal guardianship of children who have been in foster care.
27 States have submitted Title IV-E plan amendments with the GAP option. 14 States have been approved. (Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Montana, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, District of Columbia, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, New York, and Alabama)
Title IV-E agencies must submit an approvable plan amendment per PI-10-01. For more information see http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/laws_policies/policy/pi/2010/pi1011.htm
Eligibility criteria includes:
The title IV-E agency has the discretion to:
Waive, on a case by case basis, a non-safety licensing standard for a relative foster family home.
Determine what constitutes a non-safety licensing standard.
Consider variances to meet licensing/approval standards.
Reason for waivers to be clearly documented in licensing/approval record.
Licensing/approval to indicate its applicability to specific relative child.
Use a variety of means to ensure, when appropriate, relatives are able to meet licensing/approval standards and provide safe care to a child.
Consideration of use of title IV-E administrative funds to assist relatives to meet licensing/approval standards without using waivers.
Authorizes the Secretary to award competitive, matching grants to State, local, or Indian Tribal child welfare agencies, and private non-profit organizations for the purpose of helping children who are in or are at-risk of entering into foster care reconnect with family members through:
(1) kinship navigator programs;
(2) efforts to find biological family and reestablish relationships;
(3) family decision making meetings; or,
(4) residential family treatment programs.