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S.F. No. 2081 - Requiring the Commissioner of Human Services to Design and Implement a Program to Support Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families
Author: Senator Melissa H. Wiklund
Prepared By: Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: March 14, 2017


Section 1 (256N.261) establishes a program in an effort to reduce the need for out-of-home placement or changes in those arrangements.  To the extent that federal funds are available, the commissioner shall provide the services listed in this bill, which include: (1) providing information, referrals, peer support for youth, respite care, crisis services, and mental health services; (2) training for adoptive and kinship families, and additional training for foster families on the effects of trauma, and common disabilities of adopted children and children in foster care; and (3) periodic evaluations of the services to ensure program effectiveness.

Section 2, paragraphs (a) to (c), appropriate funds from several federal funding streams, and Paragraph (d) appropriates funds from the general fund, for purposes of section 1.

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