Report to the Congress on Kinship Foster Care. Appendix A: Text of the Adoption and Safe Families Act

06/01/2000

SEC. 303. KINSHIP CARE.

  1. REPORT-
    1. IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall--
      1. not later than June 1, 1998, convene the advisory panel provided for in subsection (b)(1) and prepare and submit to the advisory panel an initial report on the extent to which children in foster care are placed in the care of a relative (in this section referred to as ‘kinship care’); and
      2. not later than June 1, 1999, submit to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate a final report on the matter described in subparagraph (A), which shall--
        1. be based on the comments submitted by the advisory panel pursuant to subsection (b)(2) and other information and considerations; and
        2. include the policy recommendations of the Secretary with respect to the matter.
    2. REQUIRED CONTENTS- Each report required by paragraph (1) shall--
      1. include, to the extent available for each State, information on--
        1. the policy of the State regarding kinship care;
        2. the characteristics of the kinship care providers (including age, income, ethnicity, and race, and the relationship of the kinship care providers to the children);
        3. the characteristics of the household of such providers (such as number of other persons in the household and family composition);
        4. how much access to the child is afforded to the parent from whom the child has been removed;
        5. the cost of, and source of funds for, kinship care (including any subsidies such as Medicaid and cash assistance);
        6. the permanency plan for the child and the actions being taken by the State to achieve the plan;
        7. the services being provided to the parent from whom the child has been removed; and
        8. the services being provided to the kinship care provider; and
      2. specifically note the circumstances or conditions under which children enter kinship care.
  2. ADVISORY PANEL-
    1. ESTABLISHMENT- The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, shall convene an advisory panel which shall include parents, foster parents, relative caregivers, former foster children, State and local public officials responsible for administering child welfare programs, private persons involved in the delivery of child welfare services, representatives of tribal governments and tribal courts, judges, and academic experts.
    2. DUTIES- The advisory panel convened pursuant to paragraph (1) shall review the report prepared pursuant to subsection (a), and, not later than October 1, 1998, submit to the Secretary comments on the report.

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