Resource Center Established to Help States Implement Foster Care Legislation

A coalition of child welfare, adoption, healthcare, and education leaders has announced the launch of a national effort to fully implement the Fostering Connections Act, year-old legislation designed to address the healthcare needs of foster youth.

On the first anniversary of passage of the act, the coalition announced the creation of the Fostering Connections Resource Center, a nonpartisan clearinghouse that will work to provide timely data and customized tools created by experts in order to serve state and local decision makers as they move forward with implementation of the law. The coalition is comprised of nine organizations working to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families: the Annie E. Casey, Eckerd Family, Sierra Health, Stuart, and Walter S. Johnson foundations; Casey Family Programs; the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption; the Duke Endowment; and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

While some progress has been made toward full implementation of the law, many states have reported difficulty in fulfilling certain aspects of it, such as new requirements for state child welfare agencies to coordinate with local education agencies and state health plans. The center’s national network of state-based and local experts will work to address these challenges, identify what is working, assist in the delivery and dissemination of resources, and provide technical assistance to state leaders.

“Congress took a bold and important step a year ago by passing the most important federal child welfare legislation in at least a decade,” said Cari DeSantis, executive vice president of public affairs and communications for Casey Family Programs. “Casey and our consortium partners are committed to removing any barrier to implementation of the Fostering Connections Act. None of us wants a child to wait a minute longer than necessary to live in a safe, loving, and permanent family home.”

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Some States do LITTLE for Older Youth in Foster Care to be Adopted

Thed US Department of Health & Human Service Adminsitration for Children & Family Services have released the data for states who made efforts to increase adoptions of “older youth” in the foster care system across the United States. It appears some states have made strong efforts to accomplish this as indicated by the incentive dollars received by those states whereas over 20% of the states made little to no effort.

The table below is proved by the US Department of Health & Human Services, they also note that over 25,ooo older youth aged out of the foster care system this  year rather than being adopted. Some of those over age 16 made the choice not to be considered for adoption.

FY 2009 Adoption Incentive Awards
Based on FY 2008 Earning Year:

Alabama
$412,000
Alaska
$224,000
Arizona
$499,197
Arkansas
$822,078
California
$1,504,944
Colorado
$0
Connecticut
$511,354
Delaware
$0
Dist of Columbia
$0
Florida
$9,754,990
Georgia
$288,635
Hawaii
$204,000
Idaho
$356,800
Illinois
$236,000
Indiana
$1,623,350
Iowa
$0
Kansas
$72,000
Kentucky
$764,000
Louisiana
$1,206,559
Maine
$5,280
Maryland
$196,000
Massachusetts
$0
Michigan
$856,000
Minnesota
$1,329,276
Mississippi
$0
Missouri
$488,000
Montana
$7,679
Nebraska
$569,917
Nevada
$24,000
New Hampshire
$280,319
New Jersey
$0
New Mexico
$534,558
New York
$0
North Carolina
$1,388,312
North Dakota
$80,320
Ohio
$0
Oklahoma
$1,504,000
Oregon
$220,000
Pennsylvania
$1,264,154
Rhode Island
$208,000
South Carolina
$721,757
South Dakota
$112,800
Tennessee
$2,400
Texas
$4,969,734
Utah
$788,000
Vermont
$0
Virginia
$0
Washington
$0
West Virginia
$523,359
Wisconsin
$0
Wyoming
$131,360
Puerto Rico
$52,000