2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Keam
Foster Care Family Recruitment Grant Program

Item 354 #3h

Item 354 #3h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services FY2021 $500,000 FY2022 $500,000 GF

Page 357, line 41, strike "$272,351,043" and insert "$272,851,043".
Page 357, line 41, strike "$268,464,940" and insert "$268,964,940".

Page 360, after line 36, insert:

"Q. The Department of Social Services in partnership with the Office of Children's Services shall establish a grant program to incentivize the recruitment and retention of foster care families by local departments of social services. Grants will be awarded to local agencies who demonstrate a strategy to recruit local families that will meet the needs of the children they serve. These families should be trained and supported by the local DSS, the community, and local service providers to provide the necessary trauma-informed services for children with emotional, medical, or behavioral needs. The grant application shall identify a targeted marketing strategy, supporting community partners, and additional supports that will be provided to foster families recruited under this grant. Local departments may contract with private providers to deliver the daily support and supervision of these families. The local agency will be exempt from paying the local match for services provided to families recruited and trained under this grant. Two or more local agencies will be permitted to form partnerships under this grant program."


(This amendment adds $500,000 each year from the general fund for a grant program to recruit and retain foster care families by local departments of social services. A 2017 report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found costs to be much higher when children were placed in private therapeutic foster care or congregate care facilities, compared to local agency relative/non-relative foster care placements. Use of agencies to recruit and retain foster families also has a higher cost. This program will assist local departments in recruiting and retaining foster families and will assist in complying with upcoming provisions of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act. This is a recommendation of the Commission on Youth.)