Working to transform the child welfare system.

House Proviso: $239,000 of the general fund—state appropriation for fiscal year 2016 and $239,000 of the general fund; state appropriation for fiscal year 2017 are provided solely for the department to contract with parents for parents programs that provide structured peer mentoring for families entering the dependency court system, administered by child welfare parent mentors. The goal of parents for parents programs is to increase permanency and well-being of children in foster care through peer mentoring that increases parental engagement and contributes to family reunification.
Senate: Funding is eliminated at the agency (Children’s Admin) for the parents to parents program. Funding is provided to the Office of Public Defense Pursuant who pursuant to Second Substitute Senate Bill 5486 (parents for parents) will administer the program.