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The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act offers new support to many children who are being raised by their grandparents and other relatives. This act helps promote family connections for children by providing federal support to states for the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) and identifying and notifying relatives that a child has been removed from his or her parent's home.
This Fostering Connections Kinship Toolkit includes resources designed to assist states that are still considering whether to apply for the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) funding and how to make the case for the investment. The toolkit also includes resources to help states implement the GAP option and identification and notice requirements and answer questions regarding all of the provisions that will affect children being raised by grandparents and other relatives.
States are making important progress in helping children leave foster care to permanent homes with relatives by taking advantage of the federal Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP).
The Fostering Connections Act requires state agencies to identify and provide notice to all grandparents and other adult relatives of a child within 30 days after the child is removed from his or her home.