‘Laws Impacting Foster Care’ Articles
Congress recently passed a bill to avert the “fiscal cliff,” with the bill signed on January 2, 2013. The bill made the adoption tax credit permanent. However, it is not refundable. Follow link to learn more.
If you are a resource caregiver, you have a unique perspective on the strengths and needs of the children and youth you are fostering. That is why it is so important for you to attend their court hearings. It Takes An `Ohana’s recently revised “Caregivers and the Court Guide” gives you the “Whys” and “Hows” of doing so. Follow link to learn more.
The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections has launched a new online resource on the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. The site features news and updates on the law, as well as policy and guidance, and links to related resources.
This article by the Child Welfare League of America summaries key aspect of ASFA.
On Thursday, September 30, 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will extend support to youth in foster care who are between the ages of 18 and 21. According to Governor Schwarzenegger, the new benefits “will ensure our foster youth have access to important resources as they transition into adulthood.”
Requires children between the ages of four through seven to ride in a booster seat whenever traveling in a motor vehicle.
On October 7, 2008, President George Bush signed into law the most significant improvement to child welfare services in over a decade. As a result of the new law (P.L. 110-351), federal Title IV-E supports are now available for states to promote kinship and guardianship care, and states will also have the option to extend supports for foster youth up to age 21.
This new federal law has a number of key provisions that affect foster parents.
One of the most important bills to pass the 2005 legislative session was SB 40, SD1, HD1, which was signed into law as Act 208. Why is this bill so important? Because it ensures that health care will be available and accessible for children under the care of caregivers, who are, very often, grandparents.
In 2006 the Hawaii State Legislature passed a measure that allows the Department of Human Services (DHS) to sign the driver’s license application for any child in foster care qualified to apply for a driver’s license. You can download the bill, which was signed into law as Act 289 on July 7, 2006. We commend [...]