H.R.6649 - Foster Children Opportunity Act110th Congress (2007-2008)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Stark, Fortney Pete [D-CA-13] (Introduced 07/29/2008)|
|Committees:||House - Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||07/30/2008 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.6649 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (07/29/2008)
Foster Children Opportunity Act - Amends part E (Federal Payments for Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act to require state plans to have procedures to help alien children in the child welfare system achieve special immigrant juvenile status and lawful permanent resident status.
Requires state child welfare agencies to document their efforts to pursue special immigrant juvenile status and legal immigrant status for eligible alien foster children.
Requires the permanency hearing for an alien child who will not be returned to a parent to determine: (1) whether petitions for special immigrant juvenile status and lawful permanent resident status have been filed on the child's behalf; and (2) if no petition has been filed, whether it is in the best interests of the child to have such a petition filed or to have immigration counsel appointed.
Authorizes the use of court improvement program grant funds to educate and train judges and lawyers to assist alien children in achieving special immigrant juvenile status and lawful permanent resident status.