Fostering Connections

Click here for comprehensive information on the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, Children’s Bureau policy, guidance and other implementation activities.


  • Children’s Bureau Express: Fostering Connections
    This issue of Children’s Bureau Express (CBX) spotlights the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Articles focus on Family Connection grants, implications for kin, and resources for implementing the Act. Children's Bureau Express is designed for professionals concerned with child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption. Children's Bureau Express is supported by the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and published by Child Welfare Information Gateway. (July/August 2010)

Note: The following resources are offered as informational material only and are NOT meant to be used for guidance in implementing federal policy. NRCPFC does not interpret federal legislation or state policy.

  • How States are Implementing the Fostering Connections Act
    American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its affiliate the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) have collected information on how states are implementing the Fostering Connections Act of 2008.
  • Child Welfare/Education Collaborations – State Examples
    The Fostering Connections Act builds on prior law by adding a new requirement that case plans ensure the educational stability of the child in foster care and by also requiring Title IV-E state plans show that each child receiving a Title IV-E foster care, adoption or guardianship payment is a full-time school student, or is incapable of attending school due to a documented medical condition. NRCPFC compiled these documents as a tool for State peer-to-peer sharing about successful education and child welfare collaborations to meet these requirements. Some of the information was relayed directly to NRCPFC in response to a survey of State Foster Care Managers and outreach by NRCPFC. Other information was retrieved from the “Fostering Connections Implementation State Survey” available on the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators website.
    • Child Welfare/Education Collaborations (Full Review)
      This document provides information on the status of efforts to meet the education requirements of Fostering Connections in 35 States and the District of Columbia, providing information on policies, practices, and approaches to collaboration between systems. (2010)
  • Meeting the Education Requirements of Fostering Connections: Learning from the Field
    This brief, authored by Margaret Flynn-Khan and available on the Finance Project website, aims to help agency leaders, policymakers, judges, and their partners understand and respond effectively to the education requirements of Fostering Connections by reflecting on lessons learned from a decade of initiatives to improve education outcomes for youth in and leaving foster care. It focuses on how policies and practices implemented in response to Fostering Connections can provide the foundation for collaborative education supports that lead more youth in foster care to complete high school and pursue and succeed in postsecondary education. The brief is organized in alignment with lessons learned from innovative education projects around the nation. Namely, child welfare agencies, education agencies, and courts all have critical roles to play in supporting education achievement for youth in foster care. Moreover, success is a function of the strength of collaboration across these systems. Following an overview of the requirements of Fostering Connections, the brief includes a framework for effective cross-system coordination and highlights actions that leaders of the child welfare system, education system, and courts can take to promote education success for youth in care. The brief also provides examples of existing state and local efforts to improve the education continuity and stability of older youth in foster care. (2010)

  • Child Welfare: The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 - CRS Report for Congress
    This Congressional Research Service Report, prepared for Members and Committees of Congress by Emilie Stoltzfus, provides an Overview of the Bill, as well as information on Congressional Budget Office Estimates, Origins of the Enacted Bill and Views, and a Section-by-Section Description of the Bill (Title I: Connecting and Supporting Relative Caregivers; Title II: Improving Outcomes for Children in Foster Care; Title III: Tribal Foster Care and Adoption Access; Title IV: Improvement of Incentives for Adoption; Title V: Clarification of Uniform Definition of Child and Other Provisions; Title VI: Effective Date). This report may be updated if warranted by issues related to implementing the new law. (October 2008)

Resources from the States


  • Child Welfare Information Gateway: Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351)
    The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (H.R. 6893) (the FCA or Fostering Connections Act) was signed into law on October 7, 2008, as Public Law 110-351. FCA amended parts B and E of title IV of the Social Security Act to connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for Tribal foster care and adoption access, improve incentives for adoption, and for other purposes. This page features links to a legislative overview, implementation guidance from the Children’s Bureau, and other resources providing additional information on the Fostering Connections Act.

  • Children’s Bureau, ACYF/ACF/HHS Family Connection Grants Program
    On September 30, 2009, awards under the new Family Connection Grants Program were announced by the Children’s Bureau; Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Administration for Children and Families; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A cluster of 24 discretionary grants was funded for a 36-month project period, with awards ranging up to $1m per year. Funding for these competitive grants was authorized by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351). The purpose of these demonstration grant projects is to help children who are in or are at-risk of entering into foster care reconnect with family members. Visit the Family Connection Grantees page of the NRCPFC website for more information.


Last updated 3-7-11