Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 040862
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File Number: 040862 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-472-04 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGE S.B. 428 RE INDEPENDENT LIVING/CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE Introduced: 3/29/2004
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/13/2004
Agenda Date: 4/13/2004 Agenda Item Number: 10A13
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE PASSAGE OF FLORIDA SENATE BILL 428 PROVIDING FOR A SYSTEM OF INDEPENDENT LIVING TRANSITION SERVICES TO ENABLE OLDER CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE TO MAKE A TRANSITION TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY AS ADULTS
Indexes: FOSTER CARE
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/13/2004 10A13 Adopted P

County Attorney 3/29/2004 Assigned Marcia G. Cooke

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE PASSAGE OF FLORIDA SENATE BILL 428 PROVIDING FOR A SYSTEM OF INDEPENDENT LIVING TRANSITION SERVICES TO ENABLE OLDER CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE TO MAKE A TRANSITION TO SELF-SUFFIENCY AS ADULTS

BODY
WHEREAS, the outlook for many current and former foster children in the state of Florida is bleak and distressing; and
WHEREAS , major improvements are needed in the existing process of preparing foster children for independent living when they no longer meet eligibility requirements for foster care services; and
WHEREAS, without appropriate structure and support, children and young adults leaving Florida’s foster care system become highly susceptible to behaviors that increase arrests and incarcerations, homelessness, and drug addictions; and
WHEREAS, Florida Senate Bill 428, sponsored by Senator Campbell and co-sponsored by Senators Dawson and Atwater, provides for a system of independent living transition services to enable older children in foster care and young adults who exit foster care at age 18 to make the transition to self-sufficiency as adults; and
WHEREAS, the goals of these services are to assist these current and former foster care children to obtain life skills and education for independent living and employment so that they can assume responsibility for becoming self-sufficient adults; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 428 requires each district of the State of Florida Department of Children and Family Services to identify adolescent foster children with developmental disabilities or special mental health needs who face particularly difficult transitions to living as adults in the community, and to assist with reasonable accommodations; and
WHEREAS, Bill 428 also expands the eligibility criteria for the Road-to-Independence Scholarship Program, which is intended to help students who are former foster children in this state to receive the educational and vocational training needed to achieve independence; and
WHEREAS, the bill expands the eligible age to include former foster children up to age 23, and includes provisions for students enrolled in special education programs who have met the minimum grade point average required by that program to graduate; and
WHEREAS, this bill also provides for expansion of federal assistance and eligibility for Medicaid coverage through age 23,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board urges the passage of Florida Senate Bill 428 that provides for a system of independent living transition services to enable older children in foster care and young adults who exit foster care at age 18 to make the transition to self-sufficiency as adults.



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