Foster Care Independence Act

The Foster Care Independence Act, enacted in 1999, helps ensure that young people involved in the foster care system receive the skills that they need once they leave the system. It expanded opportunities for programs providing education, training, and employment services; counseling; housing assistance and financial support; and other services for foster youth to prepare for living on their own and to achieve self-sufficiency. It also emphasized permanency by requiring the continuation of efforts to find a permanent placement while concurrently providing independent living activities and increasing funding for adoption incentive payments.

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