Helping Kids Via Increased Funding

Caseload Reduction and Program Improvement
Increases funding by $98 million ($68 million state General Fund) in ongoing investments to improve outcomes of foster children and youth.

Kinship Care Parity
Increases funding by $8 million (state General Fund) to provide kin care providers additional support in a specialized care increment to meet a child’s special needs and clothing allowance currently only available in foster care placement. Also extends eligibility for kin care assistance to certain probation youth who have been living with a relative for at least 12 months.

Kinship Support Services Program (KSSP)
Approves the $2.5 million (state General Fund) proposed in the Governor’s Budget to expand Kinship Support Services and allow all counties to apply for KSSP funding.

Housing for Emancipated Youth
Increases funding for the Transitional Housing Placement Program Plus by $4 million (state General Fund) by eliminating the county share of cost for the program.

Education for Foster Children and Youth
Expands the Foster Youth Services Education Program statewide to foster children and youth in all types of placements and funds this with $8.2 million (state General Fund).

Higher Education for Foster Youth
Increases funding by $5.7 million (state General Fund) to fund additional financial aid for foster youth attending two-year or four-year colleges under the Chafee Scholarship program. This increase should fully fund all eligible foster youth.

Adoption of Hard-to-Place Youth
Increases funding by $4 million (state General Fund) above the $6.3 million (state General Fund) in the Governor’s proposed budget in January for efforts to help with the adoption children and youth over age 9.

Adoptions
Approves $12.2 million ($7.1 million state General Fund) proposed in the Governor’s Budget to hire additional state and county adoptions caseworkers.

Dependency Drug Courts
Increase funding for Dependency Drug Courts by $3 million (state General Fund) above the Governor’s May Revision amount of $2.1 million (state General Fund) to expand the program to additional counties.

IV-E Waiver
Approves $25.5 million ($10 million state General Fund) proposed in the Governor’s May Revision to facilitate county participation in the State’s new pilot project which caps federal funding in a flexible block grant to be used for a broad array of services, including upfront prevention. These funds may also be used for Program Improvement activities.

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