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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 13, 2019 12:16 PM
From: Senator John DiSanto
To: All Senate members
Subject: Reinstating the Subsidized Permanent Legal Custodianship Program
I will soon introduce legislation to reinstate the permanent legal custodian and adoption assistance subsidies to children from 18 to 21 years of age. The federal subsidies are provided through the Subsidized Permanent Legal Custodianship Program, which allows family members who are granted permanent legal custodianship for qualified children under Kinship Care to receive a subsidy.

This program was codified in the Human Services Code in Act 80 of 2012, but was invalidated last July when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Act 80 unconstitutional on procedural grounds. My legislation reinstates the program retroactive to July 1, 2012 in order to remain eligible for federal Title IV-E funds.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB669