(a) There is created the Permanency Innovation Initiative Fund that will support a demonstration project with services provided by Children's Home Society of North Carolina to (i) improve permanency outcomes for children living in foster care through reunification with parents, providing placement or guardianship with other relatives, or adoption, (ii) improve engagement with biological relatives of children in or at risk of entering foster care, and (iii) reduce costs associated with maintaining children in foster care. In implementing these goals, the Permanency Innovation Initiative Fund shall support the following strategies:
(1) Family Finding, which is a program that uses intensive biological family engagement services to discover and engage biological relatives of children living in public foster care to provide permanent emotional and relational support, including adoption, legal guardianship, or legal custody.
(2) Child Specific Adoption Recruitment Services, which is a program that follows the Wendy's Wonderful Kids Model as developed by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and works with children in public foster care to develop and execute adoption recruitment plans tailored to the needs of the individual child.
(3) Permanency Training Services, which are services delivered by Children's Home Society of North Carolina to assess the readiness of county departments of social services to implement the permanency strategies under subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection and provide training services to support the delivery of the services.
(b) This program shall not constitute an entitlement and is subject to the availability of funds.
(c) The Social Services Commission shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section. (2013-360, s. 12C.10(e).)
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