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H.R. 3160 (114th): Foster Youth Independence Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 22, 2015 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3160

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 22, 2015

(for herself, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Marino, Mr. Langevin, Mrs. Black, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Rangel, Ms. Norton, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mrs. Lawrence, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Ms. Lee, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Doggett, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Honda, Mr. Pocan, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Barletta, Mr. Keating, and Mrs. Hartzler) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to allow States that provide foster care for children up to age 21 to serve former foster youths through age 23 under the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Foster Youth Independence Act of 2015.

2.

Authority for certain States to serve former foster youths up to age 23 under the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program

(a)

In general

Section 477(b)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677(b)(3)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A)—

(A)

by inserting (i) before A certification;

(B)

by striking children who have left foster care and all that follows through the period and inserting youths who have aged out of foster care and have not attained 21 years of age.; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(ii)

If the State has elected under section 475(8)(B) to extend eligibility for foster care to all children who have not attained 21 years of age, or if the Secretary determines that the State agency responsible for administering the State plans under this part and part B uses State funds or any other funds not provided under this part to provide services and assistance for youths who have aged out of foster care that are comparable to the services and assistance such youths would receive if the State had made such an election, the certification required under clause (i) may provide that the State will provide assistance and services to youths who have aged out of foster care and have not attained 23 years of age.

; and

(2)

in subparagraph (B), by striking children who have left foster care and all that follows through the period and inserting youths who have aged out of foster care and have not attained 21 years of age (or 23 years of age, in the case of a State with a certification under clause (i) of subparagraph (A) to provide assistance and services to youths who have aged out of foster care and have not attained such age, in accordance with clause (ii) of subparagraph (A))..

(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 477(a)(5) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 677(a)(5)) is amended by inserting (or 23 years of age, in the case of a State with a certification under clause (i) of subsection (b)(3)(A) to provide assistance and services to youths who have aged out of foster care and have not attained such age, in accordance with clause (ii) of such subsection) after 21 years of age.

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section take effect on October 1, 2015.