General Information

What did the California Fostering Connections to Success Act do?

ESTABLISHED A FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED KINSHIP GUARDIANSHIP PROGRAM

The California Fostering Connections to Success Act converted the state’s Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (Kin-GAP) into a federally subsidized program. By doing so, the federal government now pays a 50% share of cost for federally-eligible participants, saving the state tens of millions of dollars of state general funds (NOTE: if the youth is not federally-eligible, there is also a new state-only Kin-GAP program that mirrors the new federal Kin-GAP program).

ESTABLISHED EXTENDED FOSTER CARE

The California Fostering Connections to Success Act extended foster care benefits for eligible youth up until the age of 21.

ESTABLISHED EXTENDED KIN-GAP AND EXTENDED AAP

The California Fostering Connections to Success Act extended Kin-GAP and the Adoptions Assistance Program (AAP) to eligible youth up until age 21, provided the Kin-GAP payments began or the initial AAP agreement was signed when the youth was age 16 or older.

ESTABLISHED EXTENDED STATE BENEFITS FOR NON-FEDERALLY- ELIGIBLE YOUTH PLACED WITH APPROVED RELATIVES

The California Fostering Connections to Success Act extended CalWORKs benefits to eligible foster youth up until the age of 21 when the foster youth is placed with an approved relative and is not eligible for federal AFDC-FC benefits.

ESTABLISHED EXTENDED BENEFITS FOR YOUTH PLACED WITH NON-RELATED LEGAL GUARDIANS

The California Fostering Connections to Success Act extended foster care benefits up until the age of 21 to youth living with a Non-Related Legal Guardian (NRLG) when the guardianship was created by the juvenile court (regardless of the age of the youth when guardianship was ordered).

The California Fostering Connections to Success Act is composed of five state bills:

Assembly Bill 12 (2010)

Assembly Bill 12, authored by Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr. and Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 30, 2010. The bill took effect on January 1, 2012, allowing California to take advantage of several components of the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.

Assembly Bill 212 (2012)

Assembly Bill 212, authored by Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr. was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on October 4, 2012. The bill was an urgency measure, making amendments to AB 12 and taking immediate effect.

Senate Bill 1013 (2012)

Senate Bill 1013 was a budget trailer bill that made amendments to AB 12. The bill was approved by Governor Jerry Brown on June 27, 2012 upon passing the 2012-13 budget, and took effect July 1, 2012.

Assembly Bill 1712 (2012)

Assembly Bill 1712, authored by Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr. was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 30, 2012. The bill took effect January 1, 2013, making amendments to AB 12.

Assembly Bill 787 (2013)

Assembly Bill 787, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on October 2, 2013. The bill took effect January 1, 2014, making amendments to AB 12.