Fostering Connections Resource Center

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Enacted Adoption Legislation in California

Adoption Assistance

Bill: AB 154, Chapter 222; Status: Enacted

Summary: States the intent of the Legislature to conform state statutes with the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 and to expend savings resulting from changes in eligibility for adoption assistance on services, including, but not limited to, postadoption assistance. Requires that the State Department of Social Services or a licensed adoption agency inform prospective adoptive families of their potential eligibility for a federal and state tax credit.

Sponsored by Assembly Member Evans

Adoption Services

Bill: AB 295, Chapter 427; Status: Enacted

Summary: Extends the availability of funds appropriated for adoption activities to specified counties to to provide preadoption and postadoption services to ensure the successful adoption of children and youth who have been in foster care 18 months or more, are at least nine years of age, and are placed in an unrelated foster home or in a group home.

Sponsored by Assembly Member Ammiano

State Adoption Services

Bill: AB 665, Chapter 250; Status: Enacted

Summary: Makes a change to provisions of existing law under which the State Department of Social Services may provide state adoption services and which requires the state to reinvest adoption incentive payments for placement of older children into the child welfare system in order to provide adoption services for older children.

Sponsored by Assembly Member Torrico

Child Welfare Services for Foster Care & Adoption

Bill: SB 597, Chapter 339; Status: Enacted

Summary: Makes amendments necessary to be consistent with the requirements set forth in the federal Fostering Connections Act. These include requiring the State Department of Social Services to exercise diligence to identify and provide notice to all adult grandparents and close relatives of the child; requiring the Department, in consultation with pediatricians, health care experts, and experts in and recipients of child welfare services to develop a plan for the ongoing oversight and coordination of health care services for a child in a foster care placement; and requiring the department or licensed adoption agency to provide information regarding the federal adoption tax credit for any individual who is adopting or considering adopting a child in foster care.

Sponsored by Senator Liu