Subsidized guardianship is a needed option for Iowa youth in foster care

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Subsidized guardianship is a needed option for Iowa youth in foster care

 

Many of the Iowa youth in foster care who turn 18 and "age out" of the system do so without a single permanent connection to a caring adult. These young people are far more likely than their peers to experience long-lasting challenges, like homelessness, incarceration, unintended pregnancy and poverty.

All children need nurturing relationships that continue past their 18th birthday. One way many other states help foster youth build these relationships is through subsidized guardianship. Subsidized guardianship allows a relative or person with family-like ties to assume permanent legal responsibility of the youth when adoption or returning to parents is not feasible.

There is a bill in the Iowa legislature right now -- House File 260 -- that would establish subsidized guardianship in Iowa.To learn more about the benefits of subsidized guardianship, read our summary or view the video below.

 

02/24/2017 7:01 PM |Add a comment
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