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Enacted Older Youth Legislation in Washington

Fostering Connections to Success Act

Bill: HB 1961, Chap. 235; Status: Enacted

Summary: Expands foster care up to age 21, expands the current relative guardianship program, and expands their current child welfare services. Clarifies the authority of the Department of Social and Health Services to provide continuing foster care placement services with youth ages 18-21 enrolled in post-secondary programs. Authorizes qualified relatives to receive a guardianship subsidy on behalf of a dependent child placed in the home under a guardianship order. Establishes the authority of the DSHS, beginning October 1, 2010, to provide foster care placement services for youth aging out of foster care who are engaged in qualified activities consistent with federal law.

Sponsored by Representatives Roberts