Making It Work: Using the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) to Close the Permanency Gap for Children in Foster Care

Release Date: November 1, 2012
File Size: 1.71 MB
File Format: pdf

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This report finds that children with relative guardians are benefiting from the Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 established the federal Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP). It gives states the option of providing ongoing financial assistance with federal support through Title IV-E GAP for children who leave foster care for guardianship with a relative caregiver. The report examines the benefits of Title IV-E GAP and best practices in states implementing GAP. It provides a snapshot of state activities early in the implementation process so progress can be tracked over time. Making It Work is a valuable resource for agency staff and stakeholders in states that have not yet decided to apply for GAP funds and for those in states that are currently implementing GAP and want to enhance the reach of the program. It will help states find ways to improve the permanency continuum for children.

The report is based on a survey conducted with state officials, and in some cases other stakeholders, from the 29 states and the District of Columbia that had approved Title IV-E GAP programs as of September 2012. The Port Gamble S’Klallam Indian Tribe also has an approved Title IV-E GAP program. With the support of Casey Family Programs, this report was a collaborative effort between the ABA Center on Children and the Law, Casey Family Programs, Child Focus, Child Trends, Children’s Defense Fund, and Generations United. The report includes a fact sheet and narrative report on each of the states.