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July/August 2010Vol. 11, No. 6States' Implementation of Fostering Connections

The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) was one of the first national organizations to compile and publish information on how States were addressing the various requirements found in the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Partnering with Casey Family Programs, NAPCWA surveyed the 50 States and the District of Columbia and posted the survey results on its website.

The survey results (currently available for 36 States) are presented for each State under the following headings:

  • Descriptions of the State's at-risk children (State statistics on children involved with child welfare, including any trends in out-of-home placements, adoption, services, and more)
  • Budget landscape, including information on legislation and State economic projections
  • State options regarding the Act, including the Guardianship Assistance Program and extending assistance to youth up to age 21
  • Tribes, including any Tribal-State agreements to administer title IV-E programs
  • Mandatory provisions of the Act, including relative notification, educational stability, sibling connections, transition plans for children, and more
  • Family Connections grants implemented in the State (if applicable)
  • Opportunities and challenges noted by the State

Visit the NAPCWA website to find State-specific information on implementing Fostering Connections: