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108th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2706 To establish kinship navigator programs, to establish kinship guardianship assistance payments for children, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES July 21, 2004 Mrs. Clinton (for herself, Ms. Snowe, and Mr. Daschle) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To establish kinship navigator programs, to establish kinship guardianship assistance payments for children, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Kinship Caregiver Support Act''. TITLE I--KINSHIP NAVIGATOR PROGRAM SEC. 101. FINDINGS. Congress finds the following: (1) The 2000 decennial census states that-- (A) more that 4,500,000 children in the United States are living in grandparent-headed households, a 30 percent increase from 1990 to 2000; and (B) an additional 1,500,000 children in the United States are living in households headed by other relatives. (2) In the 2000 decennial census, over 2,400,000 grandparents reported that they were primarily responsible for meeting the basic needs of their grandchildren, and parents were not present in about \1/3\ of the families involved. (3) According to the 2000 decennial census, almost \1/5\ of grandparents responsible for their grandchildren live in poverty. (4) Kinship caregivers (as defined in section 103) often face a variety of unnecessary barriers, including difficulties enrolling children in school, authorizing medical treatment, maintaining public housing leases, obtaining affordable legal services, obtaining custody of children or otherwise achieving permanency for children in their care, and accessing a variety of Federal benefits and services. (5) Kinship caregivers can help to keep children from entering the foster care system, and provide safe and permanent homes, but need services and supports to do so. They need better access to health insurance, respite care, child care, special education, housing, and other benefits. (6) Surveys and research on the needs of kinship caregivers report that one of their greatest challenges in raising children is getting accurate information about-- (A) the benefits and services that are available to their families, such as health and mental health care, assistance provided under the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families established under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), kinship or foster care, kinship assistance and adoption assistance, child care and early education, special education, and other services for children with disabilities; and (B) the legal authority, responsibilities, and rights of kinship caregivers. (7) Funding for kinship navigator programs can-- (A) help kinship care families better use existing programs and services; and (B) increase the capacity of public and private not-for-profit agencies, including community-based and faith-based agencies, and including agencies carrying out related Federal programs, such as the National Family Caregiver Support Program under part E of title III of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3030s et seq.), to better serve the needs of kinship care families. SEC. 102. PURPOSE. The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to establish kinship navigator programs in States, large metropolitan areas, and tribal areas to assist kinship caregivers in navigating their way through programs and services, to help the caregivers learn about and obtain assistance to meet the needs of the children they are raising and their own needs; and (2) to promote effective partnerships among public and private not-for-profit agencies, including community-based and faith-based agencies, to help the agencies described in this paragraph more effectively and efficiently serve kinship care families and address the fragmentation that creates barriers to meeting the needs of those families. SEC. 103. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) Assistant secretary.--The term ``Assistant Secretary'' means the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services. (2) Kinship care family.--The term ``kinship care family'' means a family with a kinship caregiver. (3) Kinship caregiver.--The term ``kinship caregiver'' means a grandparent or stepgrandparent of a child, or a relative of a child by blood, marriage, or adoption, who-- (A) lives with the child; (B) is the primary caregiver of the child because the biological or adoptive parent of the child is unable or unwilling to serve as the primary caregiver of the child; and (C) has a legal relationship to the child or is raising the child informally. (4) Large metropolitan area.--The term ``large metropolitan area'' means a metropolitan statistical area, as defined by the Bureau of the Census, with a population of not less than 1,000,000. (5) Metropolitan agency.--The term ``metropolitan agency'' means an agency serving a large metropolitan area, or a county or political subdivision of a large metropolitan area. (6) State.--The term ``State'' means any of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (7) Tribal area.--The term ``tribal area'' means the area served by a tribal organization. (8) Tribal organization.--The term ``tribal organization''-- (A) means a tribal organization, as defined in section 658P of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 9858n); and (B) includes a consortium of tribal organizations described in subparagraph (A). SEC. 104. GRANTS. (a) In General.--The Assistant Secretary may make grants to eligible entities to pay for the Federal share of the cost of carrying out kinship navigator programs. (b) Eligible Entities.--To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an entity shall be a State agency, metropolitan agency, or tribal organization, with experience in-- (1) addressing the needs of kinship caregivers or children; and (2) connecting the children or caregivers with appropriate services and assistance, such as services and assistance provided by-- (A) an area agency on aging under the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.); or (B) an agency with jurisdiction over child welfare, income-based financial assistance, human services, or health matters, or a public entity that links family resource and support programs, for the State, large metropolitan area, or Indian tribe involved. (c) Allocation of Grants.--Of the funds made available for grants under this section for each fiscal year, the Assistant Secretary shall use not less than 50 percent to make grants to State agencies. (d) Duration of the Grants.--In making the grants, the Assistant Secretary shall make grants-- (1) in fiscal year 2005, for periods of 3 years; (2) in fiscal year 2006, for periods of 2 years; and (3) in fiscal year 2007, for periods of 1 year. SEC. 105. FEDERAL SHARE. (a) In General.--The Federal share of the cost of carrying out a kinship navigator program under a grant shall be-- (1) 100 percent in the first year of the grant period; (2) 75 percent in the second year (if any) of the grant period; and (3) 50 percent in the third year (if any) of the grant period. (b) Non-Federal Share.--The non-Federal share of the cost may be provided in cash. Not more than 50 percent of the non-Federal share of the cost may be provided in kind, fairly evaluated, including plant, equipment, or services. SEC. 106. APPLICATIONS. (a) In General.--To be eligible to receive a grant under this title, an entity shall submit an application to the Assistant Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Assistant Secretary may require, including, at a minimum, the information described in subsection (b). (b) Contents.--The application shall include the following: (1) A description of the steps the entity will take during the first 6 months of the grant period to-- (A) identify gaps in services for kinship care families in the State, large metropolitan area, or tribal area to be served and the specific activities that are needed to bridge the gaps; (B) convene a group of partners to assist in the operation of the kinship navigator program funded through the grant; (C) utilize or develop relevant technology; (D) conduct outreach to kinship caregivers about the kinship navigator program; and (E) develop a plan for reaching kinship caregivers, ensuring that the caregivers can access the kinship navigator program, and following up to ensure that the caregivers actually receive necessary services and supports. (2) An assurance that the entity will provide at least the core activities specified in paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 107(b) for kinship care families through the kinship navigator program. (3) A description of the activities the entity expects to offer over the grant period and the entity's initial projection of the number of children and kinship caregivers likely to be served. (4) A description of how the entity will involve in the planning and operation of the kinship navigator program, on an ongoing basis-- (A) kinship caregivers; (B) youth raised or being raised by kinship caregivers; (C) representatives of kinship care support organizations; (D) relevant government agencies (including agencies with jurisdiction over matters relating to aging, mental health, mental retardation or developmental disabilities, substance abuse treatment, health, youth services, human services, education, income-based financial assistance, child welfare, child custody, guardianship, adoption, or child support enforcement); (E)(i) not-for-profit service providers, including community-based and faith-based agencies; and (ii) educational institutions; and (F) other State or local agencies or systems that promote service coordination or provide information and referral services, including the entities that provide the 2-1-1 or 3-1-1 information systems where applicable. (5) A description of-- (A) how the entity will coordinate its activities with other State or local agencies or systems that promote service coordination or provide information and referral services for children, families, or older individuals, including the entities that provide the 2- 1-1 or 3-1-1 information systems where applicable, so as to avoid duplication of services and the fragmentation of services that prevents kinship care families from getting the help the families need; and (B) how the entity will encourage regional cooperation among agencies, particularly agencies serving border communities that may cross jurisdictional lines, to ensure that kinship care families will get help. (6) An assurance that the entity will report at least annually to the Assistant Secretary, in a manner prescribed by the Assistant Secretary, to ensure comparability of data across States, on-- (A) activities established with the funds made available through grants made under this title; (B) the numbers and ages of the children and caregivers assisted through the grants; (C) the types of the assistance provided; (D) the outcomes achieved with the assistance; and (E) the barriers identified to meeting the needs of kinship care families and plans for addressing the barriers. (7) An assurance that the entity, not later than 3 months after the end of the final year of the grant period, will submit a final report to the Administration for Children and Families that describes-- (A) the numbers and ages of the children and caregivers assisted through the grants; (B) the types of assistance provided; (C) the outcomes achieved with the assistance; (D) the barriers to meeting the needs of kinship care families that were addressed through the grants; (E) the plans of the entity to continue the kinship navigator program after the grant period has ended; (F) lessons learned during the grant period; and (G) recommendations about the considerations that should be taken into account as the program carried out under this title is expanded throughout the Nation. (c) Preference.--In awarding grants under this title, the Assistant Secretary shall give preference to agencies or organizations that can demonstrate that the agencies and organizations will offer the full
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