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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 1, 2023 11:24 AM
From: Representative Jessica Benham and Rep. Jason Ortitay
To: All House members
Subject: Tuition Waivers for Kinship Care Families (Former HB 2288)
 
When a child’s parents can no longer care for them, they may go into the custody of a relative, referred to as kinship care. In Pennsylvania alone, there are an estimated 202,000 children who live in households that are headed by their grandparents or other relatives. While kinship care keeps the family unit intact, these custody transfers often happen unexpectedly. This means that kinship caregivers likely cannot afford the child’s college tuition because they did not plan on saving for it or are on a fixed income. On top of that, these children are not eligible for the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program because they were never in the foster care system. This is a tragic reality for these children and families who have already lost so much.
 
These children deserve to receive an education despite the adversity they have faced. That is why we are introducing legislation to expand the eligibility requirements for the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program to include children who go into kinship care but would have otherwise been in the foster care system if their family did not step in. This legislation will ensure that these children who may still struggle financially are provided the same chance at an education.
 
These families need our help. We hope you will join us in supporting this important legislation that will ensure that all children in Pennsylvania experiencing this issue can receive an education.

Former co-sponsors: SCHLOSSBERG, RABB, HOHENSTEIN, HILL-EVANS, SANCHEZ, INNAMORATO, FRANKEL, SHUSTERMAN, PASHINSKI, KINSEY, MADDEN, GUENST, KENYATTA, BULLOCK, DELLOSO, FITZGERALD, KRAJEWSKI, N. NELSON, SIMS, and GUZMAN



Introduced as HB668