Fostering Connections Resource Center

The Fostering Connections Resource Center gratefully acknowledges the National Conference of State Legislatures for sharing its tracking information about pending and enacted legislation. Please visit NCSL for additional information.

Enacted Health Legislation in California

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

Pending Health Legislation in California

Medi-Cal for Foster Children

Bill: SB 114; Status: Pending

Summary: Establishes that independent foster care adolescents, on their 18th birthday, to be deemed eligible for medical benefits and automatically enrolled in benefits without requiring a new application and without an interruption in coverage.

Sponsored by Senator Liu