Volume 7, Issue 3 (Fall 2013)
Analysis of State Laws and Policies Following the Implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act
Michelle M. Perfect, Katherine A. Stoll, Kristin C. Thompson, & Roxanne E. Scott
ABSTRACT: The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act was implemented in 2008 (P.L. 110-351) in an effort to meet the needs of youth in foster care, including issues related to educational stability, educational services to support stability, and transition into higher education or the workforce. This article examines the written laws, regulations, and policies that exist from across the 50 states and the District of Columbia since the Act took effect. Although findings support that the majority of states and the District of Columbia have existing legislation or revised statutes and policies that adhere to the components of the federal law regarding educational stability (n = 43), services to support stability (n = 33), and transitioning (n = 47), many jurisdictions have not addressed all components or adequately addressed factors such as educational services. Additional educational services and advocacy are needed in order to ensure positive educational experiences and outcomes for youth in foster care.