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Need you to call -Federal funding for post adoption services in jeopardy

New York State Citizens' Coalition for Children

Jul 31, 2014 — HR 4980—Important Child Welfare Legislation which would fund post adoption services is in jeopardy because of Senator Coburn thinks it is too expensive and unneeded. We need as many individuals as possible to call his office ASAP to help get HR 4980 passed. Direct office line for Sen. Coburn at: 202-224-5754
Details from Voice for Adoption below
On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:09 PM, Nicole Dobbins <voiceforadoption@gmail.com> wrote:
VFA MEMBERS, CHILD WELFARE ADVOCATES, AND FRIENDS: WE NEED YOUR URGET ACTION. PLEASE PICK UP THE PHONE TO MAKE IMPORTANT QUICK CALLS NOW ON HR4980! DON'T WAIT. TELL SENATOR COBURN TO LIFT HIS HOLD AND PASS HR4980.
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CALLS NEEDED NOW TO YOUR UNITED STATES SENATOR!

HR 4980—Important Child Welfare Legislation in Peril

Final passage is being held up in the Senate. It is being held up by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). Advocacy from that state is especially important!
CAPITOL HILL SWITCHBOARD:
202-224-3121
HR 4980, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.’ The legislation will reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Fund for three years and extend it to guardianship placements. It will also extend the Family Connections Grants by one year through this current fiscal year of 2014.


HR 4980 would:

• Reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Fund through FY 16, extends the awards to certain subsidized guardianship/kinship placements, bases the incentive on a ‘rate” rather than specific numbers of adoptions to provide better recognition of states that may have a smaller pool of adoptable children because they have fewer children in foster care, it refines targeting to adolescent children who have been coming into care in higher numbers;
• Extends the Family Connections Grants by one year through 2014 (this year only) which will likely be just enough to continue funding to programs that are currently in the third year of their funding—these programs are kinship navigator programs, family finding programs, family group decision making and family-based drug treatment;
• Strengthens requirements and directives to HHS in crafting a formula that will assure that states are reinvesting savings they will realize as a result of the 2008 expansion of Adoption Assistance funding, that law gradually expands federal assistance funding to cover all special needs adoptions in a state
• Adds state plan requirements regarding screening and services to victims of f sex trafficking, and locating and responding to children who have run away from foster care including plans to address, report and track children who run from care
• Includes sex trafficking data in the adoption and foster care analysis and reporting system (AFCARS).
• Requires the state to develop a “reasonable and prudent parent standard’ for the child's participation in age or developmentally appropriate extracurricular, enrichment, cultural, and social activities and it requires states to assure foster parents or an individual in a care facility has the training and ability to exercise their judgment that will allow children to participate in these type of activities
• Limits to children age 16 or older the option of being placed in a planned permanent living arrangement (APPLA) and requires new documentation and determination requirements for an APPLA status
• Gives children age 14 and older authority to participate in the development of their own case plans, in consultation with up to two members of the case planning team
• Requires that foster children leaving foster care (unless in foster care less than six months) are not discharged without being provided with a copy of their birth certificate, Social Security card, health insurance information, copy of medical records, and a driver's license or equivalent state-issued identification card.
• Requires notification of parents of a sibling (through adoption) when another child is removed from parental custody.

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John Sciamanna
Child Welfare League of America
Consultant, National Policy, Children's Issues
410-533-5857 (cell)




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Nicole Dobbins
Executive Director
Voice for Adoption
202-210-8118
voiceforadoption@gmail.com
www.voice-for-adoption.org

SPEAKING OUT FOR OUR NATION'S 102,000 WAITING CHILDREN

Learn more about VFA, visit our website: www.voice-for-adoption.org


Nicole Dobbins
Executive Director
Voice for Adoption
202-210-8118
voiceforadoption@gmail.com
www.voice-for-adoption.org


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