A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO STUDY EXTENDING THE PROVISION OF FOSTER CARE TO THE AGE OF 21.
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services, to study extending the provision of foster care to the age of 21. Requires the following issues to be considered: (1) current state laws and any rules adopted by the Social Services Commission regarding the provision of foster care services, (2) a review of other states' laws that have extended the provision of foster care services beyond the age of 18, (3) the requirements necessary for implementing an extension of foster care to age 21, and (4) any other issues necessary to conduct the study. Requires a final report to the 2014 Regular Session of the 2013 General Assembly.
Appropriates $20,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services, for 2013-14 to conduct the study.
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