HARRISBURG – Adoptive families and children in Pennsylvania will benefit under legislation sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) that has been signed into law as Act 14 of 2019.
The new law allows family members who are granted permanent legal custodianship for qualified children up to 21 years of age to receive subsidies for their care.
“Act 14, which took effect immediately, promotes the placement in adoptive homes of children with disabilities or who are otherwise hard to place due to age, sibling relationships or ethnicity,” said Boback. “In addition, the legislation mandates counties conduct family finding efforts.”
The new law also ensures the services remain eligible for annual federal funding.
Boback currently serves as chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee which has been working to improve Pennsylvania’s adoption and foster care systems.
Representative Karen Boback
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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