The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (Fostering Connections) became Public Law 110-351 on October 7, 2008. The new law represents the most significant federal reforms to foster care in more than a decade. The actual impact of the legislation on children, however, will depend largely upon how it is implemented. Implementation of the Act involves the process of promulgating and issuing federal regulations, decisions by state policymakers as to how or if to respond to new federal funding opportunities, and efforts made by the larger child welfare community to provide input into program and policy development. FosteringConnections.org was established October 7, 2009 to aid states and Tribes in implementation of this bill.
What is FosteringConnections.org? A gathering place of information, training and tools related to furthering the implementation of the Fostering Connections law. Specifically, we aim to connect implementers with the latest information and the best experts and advocates working on these issues.
What does FosteringConnections.org provide?
Who does FosteringConnections.org serve? FosteringConnections.org serves many different stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Act, including governors; state legislators; tribal leaders; state and county administrators of child welfare, health, and education; judicial leaders and state court personnel; case workers and other direct service providers; foster and adoptive families; relatives; children's advocacy organizations; and other professionals who are trusted resources to decision makers and provide input into program and policy development.
Who is responsible for managing FosteringConnections.org? Child Trends has the primary responsibility for managing the FosteringConnections.org project. The information and materials disseminated have been assembled from a variety of sources, including state and national experts, leading child welfare organizations and state agencies.
How is FosteringConnections.org supported? FosteringConnections.org is supported through the generous contributions of the Annie E Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Duke Endowment, Eckerd Family Foundation, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Sierra Health Foundation, Stuart Foundation and Walter S. Johnson Foundation.
The views expressed herein are not necessarily the opinions of Child Trends. All of the information featured or linked to from FosteringConnections.org remains the property of the authors and not Child Trends or any others affiliated with maintaining the Web site.