Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act

The Fostering Connections Act, enacted October 7, 2008, aims to connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for Tribal foster care and adoption access, improve incentives for adoption, and accomplish other purposes.

Generally, the law extends and expands adoption incentives through fiscal year 2013, creates options to provide kinship guardianship payments to age 21, de-links adoption assistance from Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) eligibility, and provides federally recognized Indian Tribes or consortia with the option to operate a title IV-E (foster care) program, among many other provisions.

For more information about the Fostering Connections legislation, visit the following Web sites.