• April 2000
  • Vol. 1, No. 2

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Answers to Foster Care Independence Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 and the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, by the National Foster Care Awareness Project, is the first publication in a series focusing on this new legislation and how to maximize support for young people transitioning from foster care.

The overview of the Foster Care Independence Act discusses Title 1 of the Act, which addresses provisions for youth leaving foster care. A chart compares provisions of the Former Independent Living Initiative with its replacement, the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. Specific areas that are addressed are:

  • Funding
  • Eligibility
  • Focus on young people
  • Emphasis on permanence
  • Health care
  • Asset limit
  • Training of staff and parents
  • Coordination
  • Accountability

This publication also summarizes the minimum components required in each State's 5-year plan, as mandated by the new law. Appendices include the National Foster Care Awareness Project members, Title 1 of the Foster Care Independence Act, and a letter to State Medicaid Directors from the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).

The National Foster Care Awareness Project is a coalition of 19 foundations, national organizations, public and private agencies, and corporations. The report is available online through the Benton Foundation website at: http://www.connectforkids.org/usr_doc/FAQsbooklet.pdf

Related Article

See "Children's Bureau Issues Guidance on New Foster Care Independence Program" in this issue of the CB Express for an article about a Federal Information Memorandum on this law.

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