CLASP Submits Statement for Record on Implementation of Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act

Oct 05, 2009

By Tiffany Conway

On September 15, 2009 the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on the "Implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act."

The bipartisan Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, signed into law by President Bush on October 7, 2008, represents the most significant federal reforms for abused and neglected children in foster care in more than a decade. The act will help hundreds of thousands of children and youth by promoting permanent families for children in foster care; improving outcomes for children and youth involved with the child welfare system; increasing support for American Indian and Alaska Native children; and improving the quality of staff working with children in the child welfare system.

At the September 15th hearing, witnesses provided testimony on implementation efforts, highlighting progress, opportunities and challenges. Witnesses included representatives from state agencies, the National Congress of American, Indians, the Child Welfare League of America and the American Bar Association's Center of Children and the Law. Margaret "Greta" Anderson, a college student who spent time in foster care, also provided testimony on her experiences.

CLASP submitted a statement for the record that looked at the provisions of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, highlighting some examples of implementation efforts that are underway. CLASP identifies two key opportunities for Congress to help ensure that the promises of the new act are realized: providing leadership in their state to encourage implementation and building on the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act by addressing additional changes needed at the federal level to improve outcomes for children and families.

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