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The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) assisted the National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC) in developing Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act: Frequently Asked Questions on the Provisions Designed to Impact Youth and Young Adults. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act has been widely lauded as the most comprehensive child welfare legislation for abused and neglected children in foster care in over a decade and will help to dismantle the pipeline to prison. The report is intended to provide information about, and assist in the implementation of this important Act. Specifically, this document focuses on answering questions about Fostering Connections' improvements that will impact youths and young adults in foster care and assist in the implementation process of those provisions that will help promote permanent families and other supports for these youths. The questions are designed to be used by different audiences – from those charged with implementing the Act, to those advocating for implementation, to the youths, young adults, parents, relative caregivers, and others who will be most affected by implementation of this new law.
This document was developed by the National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC) with assistance from CDF and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and the Commission on Youth at Risk, Casey Family Programs, CLASP, Children’s Defense Fund, Juvenile Law Center, The National CASA Association, and Voices for America’s Children.
The National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC) is a broadly based national, nonpartisan partnership of individuals, organizations, foundations, and associations dedicated to improving the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable children, youths and families – including the more than half a million children currently in foster care and the millions more who have been, or will be, involved in the foster care system.