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Fostering Connections 2012
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The State of Child Welfare 2011"Maximizing 'Fostering Connections' to Benefit Pennsylvania's Youth" is a Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children report that examines the societal and fiscal benefits Pennsylvania can achieve by fully implementing the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. The report, released in February 2012, details how implementing Fostering Connections can help more youth achieve permanency through adoption or legal guardianship and can help those who stay in foster care until age 21 make a successful transition to adulthood, while decreasing costs to the commonwealth.

Following the release of this report, Pennsylvania lawmakers approved - and Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law - two measures that fully implement Fostering Connections. Those measures are:

Act 80 of 2012, which makes revisions to the state's Welfare Code that are key to full implementation of Fostering Connections.

Act 91 of 2012, which makes corresponding changes to the commonwealth's Juvenile Act.

Together, these new laws will promote adoption and help older youth in foster care, while generating state and county savings and yielding millions in new federal funding. The changes will help more youth enter into permanent families and develop the ongoing personal relationships that have been shown to improve outcomes such as graduation rates, earnings potential and physical and mental health. Those youth who do not find a permanent home will have extended access to foster care resources to help them navigate the difficult transition to adulthood.

PPC appreciates the efforts of the numerous child advocates who voiced support for these critical changes

Press Release
Gov. Corbett's "Fostering Connections" Proposal Can Benefit Pennsylvania's Foster Youth and Taxpayers (PDF)

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News Coverage of Fostering Connections

Governor seeking to benefit foster youth and taxpayers (Examiner.com, Feb. 14)

Foster Care Support Could Be Extended in Pennsylvania (Essential Public Radio, Feb. 20)

Foster care: Corbett’s plan would be a win-win situation (Harrisburg Patriot-News, Feb. 23)

State budget proposal would extend aid to adoptive families (Valley News Dispatch/TribLive.com, March 4)

Pennsylvania's implementation of federal law allows youth to remain in foster care until age 21 (Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 14)

PA budget extends support to youth aging out of foster care (The Morning Call, July 30)