New Law Passed: H.R. 4980 Becomes Law

New Law Passed:  H.R. 4980 Becomes Law 

On September 29, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. Among other things, this bipartisan legislation will:

  • Require states to better track children at risk of being victims of sex trafficking (including children who run away from foster care) and report any children who are victims of trafficking;
  • Require states to develop a process by which foster parents and other caregivers have permission to grant children and youth in care the opportunity to participate in the normal activities of childhood;
  • Limit the use of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) for children under 16;
  • Provide children 14 and up the opportunity to participate in their case planning process;
  • Fund Family Connections Grants for one more year;
  • Renew and enhance the Adoption Incentive program, creating a guardianship incentive and, over time, transitioning to an incentive system based on the rate of adoptions, rather than a baseline number; and,
  • Require states to spend 30% of the funds they save as a result of the Fostering Connections Act's expansion of federal adoption assistance eligibility on post-adoption, post-guardianship, and other family support services.