Summary as introduced:
Subsidized guardianship of children living with relative caregivers; pilot program. Directs the Department of Social Services to establish a subsidized guardianship pilot program that expires on July 1, 2006, in at least 3 but no more than 5 areas of the Commonwealth selected by the Department, for the benefit of children in the custody of a local board of social services or other child welfare agency who are living with relative caregivers and who have been in foster care or living with relatives other than natural parents for not less than 18 months. A relative caregiver means a person who is caring for a child related to such person where the option of the child’s reunification with his natural parents is eliminated and termination of parental rights is not appropriate. The subsidized guardianship program shall include a special-need subsidy, which shall be a onetime lump sum payment for expenses resulting from the assumption of care of the child, a medical subsidy, and a monthly subsidy on behalf of the child payable to the relative caregiver that shall be equal to the prevailing foster care rate. The Department may establish an asset test for eligibility under the program. The relative caregiver receiving a guardianship subsidy shall submit annually to the Department a sworn statement that the child is still living with and receiving support from the guardian. The Department shall evaluate and report to the General Assembly on the impact and effectiveness of the subsidized guardianship program.
01/08/03 House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 038029668 pdf | impact statement
01/08/03 House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 038029668
01/08/03 House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/13/03 House: Assigned to H. W. I. sub-committee: 3
01/21/03 House: Stricken at request of Patron in H. W. I. (22-Y 0-N)