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          Date of Hearing:   May 8, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                    AB 787 (Stone) - As Amended:  March 19, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                              JudiciaryVote:10  
          - 0 
                        Human Services                          7 - 0 

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          Yes    Reimbursable:              Yes

           SUMMARY  

          This bill makes various technical and clarifying changes to the  
          California Fostering Connections to Success Act of 2010.   
          Specifically, this bill:   

          1)Allows re-entry into nonminor dependency status for former  
            nonminor dependents (NMDs) who reached permanency, but whose  
            guardian, relative or adoptive parent died before their 21st  
            birthday.

          2)Allows probation officers to place NMDs into approved  
            transitional services placements.

          3)Removes case management requirements for non-federal IV-E  
            eligible state Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program  
            (KinGap) youth prospectively to align with case management  
            requirements under federal Title IV-E eligible KinGap youth  
            requirements.

          4)Clarifies how the court may terminate jurisdiction over a NMD,  
            but still retain the ability to monitor them as a nonminor. 

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          The cost associated with allowing re-entry for nonminor  
          dependents who have lost a parent or guardian should be  
          relatively minor and will likely be offset by the administrative  
          savings associated with removing the case management  
          requirements for state-only KinGAP youth. 









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           COMMENTS  

           1)Rationale  . The author notes that the California Fostering  
            Connections to Success Act (FCSA) of 2010 was landmark child  
            welfare legislation. However, due to its substantial size,  
            amounting to 207 pages at the time of adoption, and  
            complexity, follow-up legislation has been needed since its  
            adoption to help ensure its successful implementation. 

            Since its passage, the state has adopted two successive  
            measures to this effect; AB 212 (Beall), 2011, and AB 1712  
            (Beall), 2012.  Like its predecessors, AB 787 continues the  
            Legislature's efforts to ensure the FCSA is properly  
            implemented to provide necessary and integral support services  
            to foster youth as they prepare and transition into adulthood.
            

          2)  The Fostering Connections Act.  In October 2008, President  
            Bush signed H.R. 6893 (P. L. 110 - 351), the Fostering  
            Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.   
            That act seeks to improve the lives of children in foster  
            care, provide greater assistance to relative caregivers and  
            improve incentives for adoption.  Key provisions of the  
            legislation allow for kinship guardianship assistance, similar  
            to California's Kin-Gap program, and extension of assistance  
            to foster children up to age 21.

           3)California Fostering Connections to Success Act of 2010  .  AB  
            12 (Beall & Bass) opted the state into two provisions of the  
            federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing  
            Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections Act) (P.L.  
            110-351).  Specifically, the California Fostering Connections  
            to Success Act: 
                   
             a)   Re-enacted California's existing state and county-funded  
               KinGAP program to align it with new federal requirements  
               and allow the state to bring federal financial  
               participation into our kinship guardian assistance program  
               for the first time. 

             b)   Provides transitional foster care support to qualifying  
               foster youth ages 18 to 21, phased-in over three years,  
               beginning in 2012.

            The goal of AB 12 was to assist foster youth, or nonminor  








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            dependents as they are referred to in statute, in their  
            transition to adulthood by providing them with the opportunity  
            to create a case plan alongside their case worker tailored to  
            their individual needs, which charts the course towards  
            independence through incremental levels of responsibility.  It  
            is a voluntary program grounded in evidence of how the option  
            of continued support to age 21 can counter the dismal outcomes  
            faced by youth who are forced to leave the foster care system  
            at age 18, including high rates of homelessness,  
            incarceration, reliance on public assistance, teen pregnancy,  
            and low rates of high school and postsecondary graduation.  
           
          Analysis Prepared by  :    Julie Salley-Gray / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081