Policy Updates

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Expanded SSI Application Timeframe for SSA Pilot Program

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been implementing a pilot program since August 2016 that allows young people in foster care to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits earlier than permissible under current rules. Since 2010, the SSA’s rules have allowed foster children to apply for this program up to 90 days before hisRead More

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Funding Opportunity for Child Welfare Agencies and Tribes for LGBTQ2-S Youth in Foster Care

On March 1, the National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability and Permanency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Two Spirit Children and Youth in Foster Care at the University of Maryland announced an upcoming grant opportunity for implementation of evidence-based, evidence-informed, and/or promising programs and interventions to address the unique needsRead More


Legislative Progress in New York City

On October 27, the New York City Council passed several bills and one resolution aimed at improvements and additional oversight in the city’s foster care system. The bills would create a foster care task force, require an annual survey of foster youth, and require the Administration for Children’s Services to create a five-year plan (threeRead More


Updates at California Youth Connection (CYC)

California Youth Connection is pleased to announce to recent developments. First, the Board of Directors unanimously elected Haydee Cuza as Executive Director, effective September 26. Second, their priority bill, SB1060 was passed by the legislature and is headed to Governor Brown’s desk. SB1060 seeks to maintain sibling relationships throughout the adoption process by requiring thatRead More

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ED and HHS Release Joint Guidance on Foster Care Provisions in ESSA

On June 23, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released joint guidance on the foster care provisions in Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law in December 2015. This is theRead More


GAO Releases New Report on Homeless and Foster Youth

On May 19, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the challenges and barriers affecting the ability of homeless and foster youth to pursue a college education. The report makes clear federal reforms in eligibility for and access to financial aid must be made to give foster and homeless youth a fairRead More


Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Crossover Youth

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on supporting youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Click here to access a video of the hearing and witness testimonies.


Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Bill Passes Out of Committee

The House Ways and Means Committee approved the bipartisan “Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act” (H.R. 4472), sponsored by Reps. Todd Young (R-IN) and Danny Davis (D-IL). The bill provides funding for the development and implementation of the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE), a web-based electronic case-processing system that supportsRead More


New Publication on Surrogate Parents for Homeless Youth Under the IDEA

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and the National Association for State Directors of Special Education released a publication, Surrogate Parents and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Under the Individuals with Disabilities Act that addresses issues related to consent for special education evaluations and services for homeless youth. The short document suggestsRead More


California DSS Publishes Resource Guide on Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard

The California Department of Social Services recently released a Resource Guide to support implementation of the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard authorized by state law following enactment of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Resource Guide is intended to provide guidance on when the reasonable and prudentRead More

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