2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Added Authority for Fostering Futures Program (language only)

Item 346 #3c

Item 346 #3c

Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services


Page 302, after "L." insert "1."

Page 302, after line 32 insert:

"2. In order to implement the Fostering Futures program, the Department of Social Services shall set out the requirements for program participation in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 675 (8) (B) (iv) and shall provide the format of an agreement to be signed by the local department of social services and the youth. The definition of a child for the purpose of the Fostering Futures program shall be any natural person who has reached the age of 18 years but has not reached the age of 21. The Department of Social Services shall develop guidance setting out the requirements for local implementation including a requirement for six-month reviews of each case and reasons for termination of participation by a youth. The guidance shall also include a definition of a supervised independent living arrangement which does not include group homes or residential facilities. Implementation of this program includes the extension of adoption assistance to age 21 for youth who were adopted at age 16 or older and who meet the program participation requirements set out in guidance by the Department of Social Services.

3.  The Department of Social Services shall issue guidance for the program's eligibility requirements and shall be available, on a voluntary basis, to an individual upon reaching the age of 18 who:

(i) was in the custody of a local department of social services either:

(a) prior to reaching 18 years of age, remained in foster care upon turning 18 years of age; or

(b) immediately prior to commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice and is transitioning from such commitment to self-sufficiency.

(ii) and who is:

(a) completing secondary education or an equivalent credential; or

(b) enrolled in an institution that provides post-secondary or vocational education; or

(c) employed for at least 80 hours per month; or

(d) participating in a program or activity designed to promote employment or remove barriers to employment; or

(e) incapable of doing any of the activities described in subdivisions (a) through (d) due to a medical condition, which incapability is supported by regularly updated information in the program participant's case plan.

4.  Implementation of extended foster care services shall be available for those eligible youth reaching age 18 on or after July 1, 2016."


(This amendment provides additional authority to implement the Fostering Futures program. The introduced budget provided funding and limited language to implement the program.)