Judicial Guide to Implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (PL 110-351)

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act - Public Law 110-351, (Fostering Connections) is a federal law primarily designed to promote permanent families for children and youth in foster care. This law encourages maintaining family connections, supporting youth transitioning from foster care, ensuring the health and educational well-being for foster youth, and providing many Native American children important federal protections and support for the first time by allowing Tribes to directly administer their local programs authorized by Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. For each section of Fostering Connections, the guide provides:

(1) An overview of the law;

(2) Judicial considerations for successful implementation;

(3) Questions to ask from the bench to help ensure compliance with the law and best practice; and

(4) Resources from national experts to direct further reflection and analysis.

National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators, 2011.