2022 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Floor Approved)

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Foster Care Prevention Program

Item 345 #2s

Item 345 #2s

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services FY2023 $847,316 FY2024 $1,470,718 GF
FY2023 1.00 FY2024 1.00 FTE

Page 381, line 22, strike "$302,951,205" and insert "$303,798,521".
Page 381, line 22, strike "$311,135,997" and insert "$312,606,715".

Page 383, after line 53, insert:

"S.1. The Department of Social Services shall establish a Foster Care Prevention program to facilitate placements with relatives and ensure that such relatives are provided with the resources necessary to provide care for the child.  A child is eligible for the program if the local department determines that: (i) the child is being cared for by a relative; (ii) the child's parent or guardian voluntarily placed the child with such relative after November 1, 2020; (iii) the child demonstrates a strong attachment to the relative, and the relative has a strong commitment to caring for the child; and (iv) the placement of the child with the relative was necessary to prevent or eliminate the need to place the child in foster care.

2. In order to receive payments under the Foster Care Prevention program, the local department and the relative who is caring for an eligible child pursuant to paragraph S.1. shall enter into a written agreement with the department. Such agreement shall include, in addition to any requirements deemed necessary by the department, provisions regarding the amount of each Foster Care Prevention program payment and the manner in which such payments will be provided. Foster Care Prevention program payments shall be no more than the foster care maintenance payments that the relative would receive if the relative was the child's foster parent, reduced by any monthly payments received through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

3. If a child receiving payments through the Foster Care Prevention program is expected to remain in the care of the relative on a long-term basis, the local department shall provide information to such relative regarding the opportunity and process to petition the court for custody of the child.

4. For purposes of the program, "relative" means an adult who is: (i) related to the child by blood, marriage, or adoption; or (ii) fictive kin of the child.

5. The Board of Social Services shall promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of this act, which may include provisions governing the manner in which Foster Care Prevention program payments are calculated and prioritized based on available funding."


(This amendment provides $847,316 the first year and $1.5 million the second year from the general fund for the fiscal impact of Foster Care Prevention Program payments for relatives. The funding includes program payments to relatives, one-time systems costs, the costs for local departments of social services and one position at the Department of Social Services to administer the program. Funding included in the introduced budget of $8.5 million from the general fund each year for relative maintenance payments brings total program funding to $9.3 million the first year and $9.9 million the second year.)