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Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (H.R.6893)

Children's Defense Fund + Center for Law and Social Policy

Summary
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (H.R. 6893/P.L. 110- 351) will help hundreds of thousands of children and youth in foster care by promoting permanent families for them through relative guardianship and adoption and improving education and health care. Additionally, it will extend federal support for youth to age 21. The act will also offer for the first time many American Indian children important federal protections and support.

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act provides important supports for children and youth in foster care by:

Ensuring Permanent Placements with Relatives

• Notice to relatives (Sec. 103). The act would require state agencies to exercise due diligence to identify and provide notice to all adult grandparents and other adult relatives of a child within 30 days after the child is removed from his or her home. It will help grandparents and other relatives get involved in children’s care early on. The act also allows child welfare agencies to obtain state and federal child support data, including information to help locate children’s parents and other relatives.

• Kinship guardianship assistance payments for children living in foster care with relatives (Sec. 101). The act gives states the option to use federal Title IV-E funds for kinship guardianship payments for children cared for by relative foster parents who are committed to caring for these children permanently when they leave foster care. […]

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