Fostering Connections General Resources

Detailed Summary of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act AND

Short Summary of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act

Summaries of the law prepared by several national nonprofits, including Generations United and the ABA Center on Children and the Law.


Fostering Connections Act Implementation Reports

This historical document, by the Children's Bureau, provides guidance on the Fostering Connections Act.


Fostering Connections Act Resources by National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Provides resources and information related to the Fostering Connections and Increasing Adoptions Act related to Kinship/Guardianship.


Frequently Asked Questions on the Provisions Designed to Impact Youth and Young Adults

A publication by the National Foster Care Coalition.


Judicial Guide to Implementing Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

A guide developed by the ABA Center on Children and the Law, NCJFCJ, and NCSC.

Program Instruction on Fostering Connections issued (July 9, 2010)
historical guidance from the Children's Bureau on the implementation of the Fostering Connection Act.  


Text of Fostering Connections Law


Fostering Connections Kinship Resources

Making it Work: Using the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) to Close the Permanency Gap for Children in Foster Care

Examines the benefits of Title IV-E GAP and best practices in states implementing GAP (2012) AND

The Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP): An Update on Implementation and Moving GAP Forward
Follow up to the Making it Work Report (2015).


See resources also under Subsidized Guardianship and Notification of Relatives

Strengthening Families Act Resources

Child Welfare Policy Manual – Successor Guardian Q/A’s 

Questions and answers submitted to the HHS ACYF regarding implementation of the successor guardianship provision of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. 


Implementing the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183) to Benefit Children and Youth 

A resource that includes a summary and rationale for each of the Act’s provisions and answers a number of questions being asked about its implementation.  An implementation timeline of the Act’s various provisions is also included. This brief is a collaborative effort of the Children’s Defense Fund, Child Welfare League of America, First Focus, Generations United, Foster Family-based Treatment Association and Voice for Adoption. It will be updated as additional questions or clarification come forward and further issuances from the Children’s Bureau are released (2015).


Information Memorandum (IM-14-03)

A memorandum from the Children's Bureau, which informs states and Tribes of the enactment of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and provides basic information on the new law, including title IV-E plan changes, new case plan requirements and definitions, additions to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), modifications to the Family Connection grants, Chafee program, and reauthorization of the Adoption and Guardianship Incentive Program (2014).


Issue Brief: The Role of the Court in Implementing the Youth Provisions of the Strengthening Families Act 

A publication of the Juvenile Law Center, as a project of  the ABA Youth Engagement Project,  ABA Center on Children and the Law (2016).

Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act Fact Sheet
A fact sheet by the Children's Defense Fund, which provides an overview of the entire act, including sex trafficking and kinship provisions (2014). 

Program Instruction (ACYF-CB-PI-14-06) 

Instruction from the Children's Bureau on some of the changes to the title IV-E plan requirements as a result of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (2014).

Promoting Normalcy for Children and Youth in Foster Care 

A publication of  the Juvenile Law Center, which helps to define normalcy and why it matters for foster children and youth. This paper identifies the barriers to normalcy, reviews the federal law and explores state implementation strategies of the federal normalcy provisions (2015). 

What young people need to thrive: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to promote normalcy  

Jim Casey Initiative’s report that highlights recommendations from young people in foster care (2015),