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Fostering Connections to Success

Extending a Social Safety Net for Youths Facing Homelessness and Poverty

By Jennifer Pokempner, Jennifer Rodriguez & Alice Bussiere

Congress passed the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act last year to improve the lives and prospects of foster children. The Act extends to 21 the age at which youths may receive government benefits, requires that children leaving state care develop a transition plan, and provides more court oversight for this transition. Attorneys can help apply the Act’s provisions in such ways as enforcing a youth’s rights, monitoring transition efforts, and preparing the youth for court proceedings.

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