Child Welfare League of America Making Children a National Priority

 

Child Welfare League of America Making Children a National Priority
About Us
CWLA
Special Initiatives
CWLA
Advocacy
CWLA
Membership
CWLA
News and Media Center
CWLA
Programs
CWLA
Research and Data
CWLA
Publications
CWLA
Conferences and Training
CWLA
Culture and Diversity
CWLA
Consultation
CWLA
Support CWLA
CWLA Members Only Content
       
 

Home > Advocacy > Adoption > Summary of Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, H.R. 6893

 
 

Fostering Connections to Success: Resources in Seven Key Areas

This is a general description of seven key improvements enacted in P.L. 110-351, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act of 2008. After each section is a link to important resources from CWLA or others. Some of the resources here are public documents, some are free to CWLA members or available for purchase by nonmembers, and others are links to non-CWLA resources. Check back here weekly as additional resources are posted, updated, and developed.

  1. Kinship care
  2. The new law allows states to use Title IV-E funds to support kin families. It also extends the training funds available through Title IV-E to be used for training kinship parents. States will have to create a system of notification to relatives when a child comes in to care. The new kinship section also provides at least $5 million a year to provide competitive grants to create a navigator system for all kin families in the state whether they receive Title IV-E funding or not.

    CWLA Resources

  3. Youth in Transition
  4. In two years states, will have the ability to extend Title IV-E foster care to the age of 21. For now, states must have in place a new transition planning process for young people leaving foster care, with the youth and caseworker developing a plan of transition 90 days before departure.

    CWLA Resources

  5. Tribal
  6. For the first time, tribal governments and consortia may apply to run their own Title IV-E foster care, adoption assistance, and kinship programs. State and local governments can have a role by providing some critical needed funding and technical and other assistance. HHS has $3 million in funds to provide technical assistance

    CWLA Resources
    Other Useful Resources

  7. Workforce Development
  8. For the first time states can draw IV-E training funds for private agencies. In addition training funds can be used to train court-related personnel

    CWLA Resources

  9. Adoption
  10. Over time, the eligibility link between AFDC and special-needs adoptions is eliminated. The law also provides states with a larger incentive grant if they increase the number of "older" child adoptions (age 9 and older). States will also be required to promote access to the adoption tax credit

    CWLA Resources

    Other Useful Resources

  11. Health Care
  12. State are required to work with their Medicaid programs to have more extensive planning and coordination around the health needs of children in care, including how and when screening will be conducted. States will have to outline plans, including medical record keeping and how prescription medication is tracked and used.

    CWLA Resources

  13. Education Access
  14. New case plan requirements direct states to make sure that there is an agreement or arrangement with local school agencies that when it is in the child's best interest, they remain in the same school even when they move out of the district. When a child does have to move then there has to be arrangements to make sure there is immediate enrollment. States are now allowed to include in their foster care rates the cost of transportation. Overall states must offer assurances that all Title IV-E foster children, special needs adoptive children and children in kinship care are enrolled in school when covered by a state compulsory attendance laws.

    CWLA Resources



 Back to Top   Printer-friendly Page Printer-friendly Page   Contact Us Contact Us

 
 

 

 


About Us | Special Initiatives | Advocacy | Membership | News & Media Center | Practice Areas | Support CWLA
Research/Data | Publications | Webstore | Conferences/Training | Culture/Diversity | Consultation/Training

All Content and Images Copyright Child Welfare League of America. All Rights Reserved.
See also Legal Information, Privacy Policy, Browser Compatibility Statement

CWLA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and access for all individuals.
No employee, applicant for employment, or member of the public shall be discriminated against
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or
any other personal characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.