Fostering Connections

What are the key elements in the Fostering Connections of importance to older youth?

  1. Extending Title IV-E Up to Age 21
    States have the option to expand the definition of “child” up to age 21. The state pages on this website will be updated as states make decisions regarding this option.
  2. Transition Planning Requirements
    1. States must assist and support a youth in developing a transition plan during the 90-day period before the youth attains age 18 (or older age up to 21 as elected by the agency).
    2. The transition plan must be personalized at the direction of the child and as detailed as he or she chooses, and
    3. The transition plan must Include specific options regarding:
      1. housing,
      2. health insurance,
      3. health care proxy,
      4. education,
      5. local opportunities for mentors and continuing support services,
      6. work force supports, and employment services.
  3. Education stability case planning requirement
    1. When the initial placement occurs, the agency must take into account the appropriateness of the current school and the proximity of that school to the placement; AND
    2. the agency must coordinate with the local education agency to ensure the youth can stay enrolled in their school despite the placement; OR
    3. if the agency determines it isn’t in the youth’s best interests to stay in the same school, the youth must be immediately enrolled in a new school and all the youth’s educational records must be provided to the new school.
    1. Health Care Oversight and Coordination Plan
      1. States must assist and support a youth in developing a transition plan during the 90-day period before the youth attains age 18 (or older age up to 21 as elected by the agency).
      2. Agencies are encouraged to pay attention to oversight of psychotropic medicines in treating the mental health care needs of youth.
      3. Agencies have flexibility to decide:
      4. How to implement the specific requirements of the plan.
      5. Whether to implement a single, agency-wide health care monitoring entity or put into place another mechanism.
      6. What to include in the schedule for health screenings, as long as it meets standards of medical practice.

    Resources and Links

    FosteringConnections.org
    FosteringConnections.org website, a gathering place of information, training and tools related to furthering the implementation of the Fostering Connections law, connecting implementers with the latest information and the best experts and advocates working on these issues.

    Public Law 110-351: Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
    Text of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

    Major Provisions of Fostering Connection to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act
    The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a summary of the major provisions of the Act.

    ACYF-CB-PI-10-11 - Guidance on Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
    Program Instructions issued July 9, 2010 provide guidance to states and tribes on Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-351).