The Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act (H.R.7947) provides emergency funding and support for children and families in the child welfare system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If there is strong support for this bill, it has the potential to be included in the next wave of Coronavirus relief legislation which is expected to pass in the next few weeks. The legislation would support our most vulnerable youth and families by:
Providing an additional $400 million for Chafee, to include $50 million for Education and Training Vouchers (ETV), and preventing youth from aging out of foster care during the pandemic;
Increasing the federal reimbursement for Title IV-E Prevention Programs from 50% to 100% for the duration of the pandemic;
Providing an additional $85 million to the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program, with no state match requirement, including $10 million for court improvement and increased technology investments to continue court services during the pandemic;
Increasing federal reimbursement for Kinship Navigator programs through 2021;
Allowing virtual visits to count as home visits and ensuring funds can be used to provide training on virtual visitation and the provision of emergency supplies to families; and
Providing adjustments and technical fixes to ensure states and localities get adequate amounts of Family First Transition Act funds.