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2016 Session

Budget Bill - SB30 (Introduced)

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Department of Social Services

Item 346

Item 346

First Year - FY2017Second Year - FY2018
Child Welfare Services (46900)$203,423,579$207,930,566
Foster Care Payments (46901)FY2017 $50,399,410FY2018 $53,705,677
Supplemental Child Welfare Activities (46902)FY2017 $27,963,364FY2018 $28,672,287
Adoption Subsidy Payments (46903)FY2017 $125,060,805FY2018 $125,552,602
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY2017 $105,544,700FY2018 $108,164,126
SpecialFY2017 $325,030FY2018 $325,030
Dedicated Special RevenueFY2017 $235,265FY2018 $235,265
Federal TrustFY2017 $97,318,584FY2018 $99,206,145

Authority: Title 63.2, Chapters 1, 2, 4 and 8 through 15, Code of Virginia; P.L. 100-294, P.L. 101-126, P.L. 101-226, P.L. 105-89, P.L. 110-351, P.L. 111-320, as amended, Federal Code.


A. Expenditures meeting the criteria of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act shall be fully reimbursed except that expenditures otherwise subject to a standard local matching share under applicable state policy, including local staffing, shall continue to require local match. The commissioner shall ensure that local social service boards obtain reimbursement for all children eligible for Title IV-E coverage.


B. The commissioner, in cooperation with the Department of Planning and Budget, shall establish a reasonable, automatic adjustment for inflation each year to be applied to the room and board maximum rates paid to foster parents. However, this provision shall apply only in fiscal years following a fiscal year in which salary increases are provided for state employees.


C. Out of this appropriation, $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year from the general fund shall be provided for the purchase of services for victims child abuse and neglect prevention activities as stated in § 63.2-1502, Code of Virginia, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Board of Social Services.


D. Out of this appropriation, $180,200 the first year and $180,200 the second year from the general fund and $99,800 the first year and $99,800 the second year from nongeneral funds shall be provided to continue respite care for foster parents.


E. Notwithstanding the provisions of §§ 63.2-1300 through 63.2-1303, Code of Virginia, adoption assistance subsidies and supportive services shall not be available for children adopted through parental placements. This restriction does not apply to existing adoption assistance agreements.


F.1. Out of this appropriation, $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year from the general fund shall be provided to implement pilot programs that increase the number of foster care children adopted.


2. Beginning October 1, 2013, the department shall provide a quarterly report, within 30 days of quarter end, on the use and effectiveness of this funding including, but not limited to, the additional number of special needs children adopted from foster care as a result of this effort and the types of ongoing supportive services provided, to the Governor, Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Director, Department of Planning and Budget.


G. Out of this appropriation, $34,774,377 the first year and $34,774,377 the second year from the general fund and $7,000,000 the first year and $7,000,000 the second year from nongeneral funds shall be provided for special needs adoptions.


H. Out of this appropriation $44,483,316 the first year and $44,483,316 the second year from the general fund and $44,483,316 the first year and $44,483,316 the second year from nongeneral funds shall be provided for Title IV-E adoption subsidies.


I. The Commissioner, Department of Social Services, shall ensure that local departments that provide independent living services to persons between 18 and 21 years of age make certain information about and counseling regarding the availability of independent living services is provided to any person who chooses to leave foster care or who chooses to terminate independent living services before his twenty-first birthday. Information shall include the option for restoration of independent living services following termination of independent living services, and the processes whereby independent living services may be restored should he choose to seek restoration of such services in accordance with § 63.2-905.1 of the Code of Virginia.


J.1. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 63.2-1302, Code of Virginia, the Department of Social Services shall negotiate all adoption assistance agreements with both existing and prospective adoptive parents on behalf of local departments of social services. This provision shall not alter the legal responsibilities of the local departments of social services set out in Chapter 13 of Title 63.2, Code of Virginia, nor alter the rights of the adoptive parents to appeal.


2. Out of this appropriation, $342,414 the first year and $342,414 the second year from the general fund and $215,900 the first year and $215,900 the second year from nongeneral funds shall be provided for five positions to execute these negotiations.


K. The Commissioner, Department of Social Services, shall report on all efforts undertaken by the agency to increase adoptions of children from foster care. The report shall include the number, ages and other appropriate demographic data of children in foster care who are eligible for adoption, available information on the number who have special needs, and barriers to adoption of children in foster care. In addition, the report shall include information on current efforts to help foster care children who age out of the system transition to adulthood and options to improve that transition. The report shall include current trends for this population as compared to the general population related to employment, secondary and post-secondary educational attainment, living arrangements, dependence on public assistance, early parenthood and family situations, health care access, and involvement with the criminal justice system to the extent data are available. Furthermore, the department shall analyze the adequacy of independent living services and other current efforts to assist foster care youth with the transition to independence and provide recommendations to modify the appropriate services and programs in order to improve outcomes for this population in their transition to adulthood. The department shall engage other appropriate state agencies and stakeholders as necessary to develop the report. The department shall submit the report to the Governor and Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by November 1 each year.


L. Out of this appropriation, $1,015,451 the first year and $2,925,954 the second year from the general fund and $999,050 the first year and $2,886,611 the second year from nongeneral funds shall be available for the expansion of foster care and adoption assistance as authorized in the federal Foster Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351; P.L. 11-148).


M. Out of this appropriation, $1,417,846 the first year and $2,126,769 the second year from the general fund shall be available for the reinvestment of adoption general fund savings as authorized in title IV, parts B and E of the federal Social Security Act (P.L. 110-351).