Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act Resources

July 14, 2009

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (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. P.L. 110-351 also will offer for the first time many American Indian children important federal protections and support. The new law has bipartisan support and is fully paid for. P.L. 110-351 was unanimously passed by the House on suspension of the rules on September 17, 2008 and in the Senate by unanimous consent on September 22, 2008. The law was signed by President Bush on October 7, 2008.

The following resources detail the provisions of this important legislation.

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act Will Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care (2 page summary)

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

Side-by-Side: Comparison of Provisions in the House Fostering Connections to Success Act, the Senate Finance Committee Chairman's Mark and the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (side-by-side)

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 Offers Help to Children Raised by Relatives

New Help for Children Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives: Questions and Answers About the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Click here to download the Report by Section)

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act: Frequently Asked Questions on the Provisions Designed to Impact Youth and Young Adults

Sample State Legislation to Implement the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program

Key Considerations for Implementing the Notice Requirement of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act

Sample State Legislation to Extend Foster Care, Adoption and Guardianship Protection, Services and Payments to Young Adults Age 18 and Older

Relative Foster Care Licensing Waivers in the States: Policies and Possibilities

 

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