Fostering Connections Resource Center

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Enacted Legislation in Illinois

Kinship Navigator Act

Bill: HB 2365, Public Act 276; Status: Enacted

Summary: Creates the Kinship Navigator Act. Defines "kinship care" as the full time care and of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, grandparents, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has physical custody and a kinship bond. Establishes a program, to be administered through a grant to a not-for-profit organization, to serve as liaison among State agencies and groups, to promote kinship care and provide diversity services.

Sponsored by Representative Eddie Washington

Foster Youth Successful Transition to Adulthood Act

Bill: HB 4054, Public Act 581; Status: Enacted

Summary: Creates the Foster Youth Successful Transition to Adulthood Act. Establish a program of transitional discharge from foster care for teenage foster children, enabling former foster youths under the age of 21 who encounter significant hardship upon emancipation to reengage with the Department of Children and Family Services and the Juvenile Court, in order to secure essential supports and services available to foster youth seeking to learn to live independently as adults.

Sponsored by Representative Feigenholtz

Pending Legislation in Illinois

There is no pending legislation for Illinois.