Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008—P.L. 110-351 became law on
October 7th, 2008

P.L. 110.351 is designed to connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for tribal foster care and adoption access, and improve incentives for adoption. The legislation also reauthorized the Adoption Incentives Program through 2013.
(N.B. Different sections of P.L. 110-351 have different implementation dates.)

Resources and publications on Fostering Connections for ICAMA administrators.

Sections of P.L. 110-351 that most directly affect ICAMA professionals are:
Promotion of Adoption of Special Needs Children
The eligibility for adoption assistance is no longer linked with the income requirements of AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income). P.L. 110-351 requires that any money saved because eligibility changes must be reinvested in services. This part creates a series of changes to be gradually introduced into practice for ‘applicable' children.
See Title IV in Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008—P.L. 110-351.
See the U.S.C.,TITLE 42,CHAPTER 7, SUBCHAPTER IV, Part E, § 673. See section (c).

Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP)
States have the option to provide kinship guardianship assistance payments on behalf of children to grandparents and other relatives who have assumed legal guardianship of the children. States are entitled to claim federal title IV-E reimbursement for this purpose.
See Title I in Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008—P.L. 110-351.
See the U.S.C.,TITLE 42,CHAPTER 7, SUBCHAPTER IV, Part E, § 671. See paragraph 28,
and U.S.C.,TITLE 42,CHAPTER 7, SUBCHAPTER IV, Part E, § 673. See section (a).

Index of all the Sections of Fostering Connections.