Fostering Connections

On October 7, 2008 the President signed into law the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (H.R. 6893/P.L. 110-351). This new law will help connect foster children with their relatives, promote permanent families through relative guardianship, and improve education and health care. This new law will promote permanent families for children by providing:

  • Subsidized guardianship to enable children in the care of grandparents and other relatives to exit foster care into permanency
  • Kinship navigator programs to help link relative caregivers to a broad range of services and supports that will help meet their needs and the needs of the children in their care
  • Notice be given to adult relatives of a child if he or she is placed in foster care
  • States the option to waive non safety related licensing standards for relative foster parents

The law also supports children and families by:

  • Extending direct Title IV-E funding to tribal government
  • Reauthorizing the Adoption Incentives Program, a critical tool in helping children become adopted
  • Allowing states the option to receive federal reimbursement for support provided to foster youth up to age 21
  • Requiring reasonable efforts to keep siblings together or if not placed together to visit regularly
  • Promoting educational stability for children and youth in foster care, guardianship and adoption
  • Requiring health care coordination for children and youth in foster care
  • Extending federal support for training of professionals and caregivers working with children in the child welfare system

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