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July/August 2011Vol. 12, No. 6Guidance for Courts on Fostering Connections

A new publication, Judicial Guide to Implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (PL 110-351), offers guidance to the State court judges who have responsibility for providing judicial oversight on the new Federal law's implementation. Each section of the publication addresses a different provision of the legislation and provides an overview of the issue, judicial considerations, and questions to ask from the bench. Sections include:

  • Kinship guardianship assistance payments
  • Family connection grants
  • Identification of and notice to relatives
  • Allowing waivers for nonsafety licensing standards for relatives
  • Transition plans for youth aging out of foster care
  • Short-term training for child welfare agencies, relative guardians, and court personnel
  • Educational stability and health stability for child in out-of-home care
  • Sibling placement
  • Equitable access for foster care and adoption services for Indian children in Tribal areas
  • Improvement of incentives for adoption

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (P.L.110-351) is designed to promote permanent families for children and youth in foster care through encouraging family connections, supporting youth transitioning from foster care, ensuring the health and educational well-being for foster youth, and providing many Native American children important Federal protections and support for the first time by allowing Tribes to directly administer local child welfare programs.

This publication was produced by the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center, a collaboration between Casey Family Programs, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, and Generations United, and is co-sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Center for State Courts. The publication is available on the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center website: