Q: I understand that legislation went into effect on January 1, 2013 that changes the California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB 12). What is the legislation and what parts of AB 12 does it change?
A: Yes; the California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1712, which clarifies and amends certain provisions of AB 12 and AB 212, collectively known as “The California Fostering Connections to Success Act.” AB 1712 is comprised of several amendments to specific statutes of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, the Health and Safety Code and the Family Code. Changes include but are not limited to clarifying:
– Eligibility for the Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) for non-minor dependents (NMDs) who are adopted;
– Eligibility for State Kin-GAP;
– Role of counsel when NMD is not competent to make decisions or the NMDs wishes conflict with the protection or safety of the NMD;
– Circumstances when the mutual agreement is not required, and
– That regulations developed to ensure continuity of Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) payments.
There are many other technical changes included in AB 1712, which went into effect on January 1, 2013. For more information on important changes due to AB 1712 please join the Alliance for Children’s Rights for a webinar on Friday, January 11th from 10:30-Noon. To register, follow this LINK.