What is Fostering Connections?
The federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351) was signed into law on October 7, 2008. "Fostering Connections," as the bill is commonly known, will improve the lives of children and youth in foster care and increase the likelihood that they will be able to leave the foster care system to live permanently with relative caregivers or adoptive families. The law accomplishes this by extending and providing services for relatives, children in foster care, tribal nations, and adoptive families.
DFPS Response to Individual Items:
Support for Relative Caregivers
- Notifying Relatives
- Licensing Issues Regarding Kinship Foster Homes
- Permanency Care Assistance (aka Kinship Guardianship Assistance)
Improve Outcomes for Children in Foster Care
- Extended Foster Care (including SIL)
- Transition Planning
- Short Term Training
- Education Stability
- Health Care Oversight and Coordination Plan
- Placing Siblings Together/Maintaining Relationships
- Tribal Issues
Improve Incentives for Adoptive Families
Texas has been receiving adoption incentive funds for several years. The number of consummated adoptions has continued to grow.
Assistance payments for adoption assistance or Permanency Care Assistance that continue up to time the young person turns 21 if agreements for such assistance payments were finalized after the young person turned 16, if the young adult is engaged in certain education or vocational activities.
DFPS has made automation changes to adjust for the gradual elimination of the Title IV-E income requirements for adoption assistance.
Information about adoption tax credits is provided in the PRE-service training for foster and adoptive parents.
Additional Information About Fostering Connections
- Read about the additional work DFPS has done to implement Fostering Connections
- Federal Children's Bureau Information Gateway on Fostering Connections
- The Fostering Connections Resource Center: A gathering place of information, training and tools related to furthering the implementation of the Fostering Connections law.
- Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Resources
- The Fostering Connections Act updates sections of Title IV of the Social Security Act
For information about Fostering Connections in the 81st Texas Legislative Session
See especially: HB 1151 (formerly SB 1411), SB 2080, and SB 939
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