Just as in the Adoption and Safe Families Act, the former First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, played a large role in improving the current state of the adoption and fostering system with the presentation of the Foster Care Independence Act, which was passed in 1999. Hillary Clinton was one of those people that worked closely in their lobbying efforts for Congress to revisit the current state of the laws governing the fostering and adoption system.
The Adoption and Safe Families Act was designed to make it a bit easier for a person to be able to adopt a child, while the Foster Care Independence Act was created to help those children that had never been able to make their way to adoption.
The Foster Care Independence Act worked to help those that had gone through the fostering system without being adopted, but still needed access to health insurance. For those that had exited the system and were between the legal age of 18 and 21, they would still remain eligible for Government-assisted health insurance as they made that transition into adulthood.
The Foster Care Independence Act also assisted in helping with the transition from the fostering system to an independent living program. The Foster Care Independence Act was able to provide the much needed funding so that this level of support could be provided.
There were a large number of additional services that the Foster Care Independence Act was able to provide for those that are making that transition out of the fostering system. The Foster Care Independence Act was able to provide the funding to offer additional training and education to those that are coming into adulthood and are going on to transition to the next stage of their lives.
The Foster Care Independence Act helped the fostering system by affording the additional funding for employment services for those that are moving on to the next phase of their lives. In addition, the Foster Care Independence Act worked to provide funding for those that need assistance with their new independent living arrangements after they venture on to adulthood after leaving the fostering system.
The Foster Care Independence Act worked to improve the collection of data within the fostering system. The Foster Care Independence Act also worked to see that there was better documentation of children as they go through the different stages within the fostering system.
The Foster Care Independence Act enforced more detailed documentation about the progression and outcome of the children that go through the fostering system. With this new data being collected, it can be more clearly assessed how future improvements can be made to the fostering system in the years to come.