Web Resources: Fostering Connections

Paula CampbellPaula Campbell, Permanency Planning for Children Department, NCJFCJ

Summary: On Oct. 7, 2008, H.R. 6893, the Fostering Connections to Success Act, was signed by the president and became Public Law No: 110-351. The law is designed to connect and support relative caregivers, improve the lives of children in foster care, support tribal foster care and adoptions, and improve incentives for adoption. The act provides states options for subsidized guardianship payments for relatives, incentives for adoption, adoption assistance, kinship navigator programs, new family connection grants, and federal support for young people up to age 21.


Fostering Connections website

Child Welfare League of America, Fostering Connections to Success in Seven Key Areas

National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections

Kinship/Guardianship Tools and Resources

Fostering Connections website, kinship/guardianship resources

Kinship Toolkit, Children’s Defense Fund

Five Key Questions to Assess the Fiscal Impact of the Guardianship Assistance Program (32 KB PDF)

Relative Foster Care Licensing Waivers in the States: Policies and Possibilities, ABA Center on Children and the Law (172 KB PDF)

Older Youth

Fostering Connections website, older youth resources

Frequently Asked Questions on the Provisions Designed to Impact Youth and Young Adults, National Foster Care Coalition (644 KB PDF)

Tribal Information

Tribal tools, analyses and research

Tribal provisions, Association on American Indian Affairs


Fostering Connections through kinship/guardianship

Older youth provisions

New Title IV-E tools for tribes to take advantage of opportunities under Fostering Connections

The Fostering Connections Act: What Citizen Review Panels Need to Know


Judicial Guide to Implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (PL 110-351), ABA Center on Children and the Law, National Center for State Courts, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (644 KB PDF)

Children’s Bureau, ACYF/ACF/HHS Family Connection Grants Program

Fostering Connections Act bill summary, 2011 Legislation, National Conference of State Legislatures

Fostering Connections implementation state survey, National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators


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