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Information on the Fostering Connections Act; Children’s Bureau Policy and Guidance

Comprehensive information on the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, Children’s Bureau Policy, guidance, and other implementation activities. 

  • Children’s Bureau Express: Fostering Connections 
    This issue of Children’s Bureau Express (CBX) spotlights the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Articles focus on Family Connection grants, implications for kin, and resources for implementing the Act. Children's Bureau Express is designed for professionals concerned with child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption. Children's Bureau Express is supported by the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and published by Child Welfare Information Gateway. (July/August 2010)
  • Administration for Children and Families Program Instruction on Fostering Connections to Success: Comprehensive Guidance, Titles IV-B and IV-E Plan Requirements, Title IV-E Plan Amendment 
    The purpose of this Program Instruction (PI) is to provide title IV-E agencies comprehensive information on the provisions of titles IV-B and IV-E as a result of the amendments made by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, P.L. 110-351. In addition to providing new guidance on the option for a title IV-E agency to extend assistance for the foster care maintenance, adoption assistance, and/or kinship guardianship programs to an eligible youth age 18 and older up to age 21, this instruction provides additional guidance on other provisions of P.L. 110-351 and the flexibilities afforded to a title IV-E agency in complying with the law. It also provides instruction on changes to the titles IV-B/IV-E plan requirements as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148). (Issuance Date: July 9, 2010)
  • Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act- P2P Dialogue Presentation 
    The following general session presentation is available as part of the video archive of presentations from the Children’s Bureau’s 2010 Policy to Practice Dialogue, “Making Connections in Child Welfare!”: H.R. 6893, Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act - Elizabeth Sharp, Program Specialist, Policy Division, Children’s Bureau. (2010)
Resources

Note: The following resources are offered as informational material only and are NOT meant to be used for guidance in implementing federal policy. NRCPFC does not interpret federal legislation or state policy.

  • Judicial Guide to Implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 
    The role of the court in effectively implementing Fostering Connections is critical. This practical guide contains an analysis of the barriers faced by courts as well as implementation strategies to overcome these barriers.  For each section of Fostering Connections, the guide provides: An overview of the law; judicial considerations for successful implementation; questions to ask from the bench to help  ensure compliance with the law and best practice; and, resources from  national experts to direct further reflection and analysis. The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law (ABA), National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and National Center for State Courts (NCSC) developed this publication. (2011)
  • Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008: H.R. 6893 / P.L 110-351
    This National Conference of State Legislatures webpage provides information on the Fostering Connections Act and a link to a summary of the act. It explains: “In the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions combined, 33 states and the District of Columbia enacted 63 different bills related to the provisions of the Fostering Connections Act. In the 2011 legislative session, state activity around the act continues.” The webpage provides a summary of state legislation that has been introduced this session, as well as links to information on enacted bills in 2009 and 2010. 
  • Child Welfare: The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 - CRS Report for Congress
    This Congressional Research Service Report, prepared for Members and Committees of Congress by Emilie Stoltzfus, provides an Overview of the Bill, as well as information on Congressional Budget Office Estimates, Origins of the Enacted Bill and Views, and a Section-by-Section Description of the Bill (Title I: Connecting and Supporting Relative Caregivers; Title II: Improving Outcomes for Children in Foster Care; Title III: Tribal Foster Care and Adoption Access; Title IV: Improvement of Incentives for Adoption; Title V: Clarification of Uniform Definition of Child and Other Provisions; Title VI: Effective Date). This report may be updated if warranted by issues related to implementing the new law. (October 2008)
  • How States are Implementing the Fostering Connections Act 
    American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its affiliate the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) have collected information on how states are implementing the Fostering Connections Act of 2008.
Websites
  • Children’s Bureau, ACYF/ACF/HHS Family Connection Grants Program 
    On September 30, 2009, awards under the new Family Connection Grants Program were announced by the Children’s Bureau; Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Administration for Children and Families; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A cluster of 24 discretionary grants was funded for a 36-month project period, with awards ranging up to $1m per year. Funding for these competitive grants was authorized by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351). The purpose of these demonstration grant projects is to help children who are in or are at-risk of entering into foster care reconnect with family members. Visit the Family Connection Grantees page of the NRCPFC website for more information.

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway: Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351) 
    The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (H.R. 6893) (the FCA or Fostering Connections Act) was signed into law on October 7, 2008, as Public Law 110-351. FCA amended parts B and E of title IV of the Social Security Act to connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for Tribal foster care and adoption access, improve incentives for adoption, and for other purposes. This page features links to a legislative overview, implementation guidance from the Children’s Bureau, and other resources providing additional information on the Fostering Connections Act.