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management services, (ii) home visiting services for
caregivers with children under the age of 5, and (iii) parent
mentors for caregivers with children over the age of 3.
The services for the Extended Family Support Program are
expanded given the program's inclusion in the Family First
Prevention Services Act's targeted populations. Other target
populations include intact families, pregnant and parenting
youth, reunification within 6 months, and post adoption and
subsidized guardianship. Inclusion provides the array of
evidence-based interventions included within the State's
Family First Prevention Services plan. Funding through Title
IV-E of the Social Security Act shall be spent on services to
prevent children and youth who are candidates for foster care
from coming into care and allow them to remain with their
families. Given the inclusion of the Extended Family Support
Program in the Family First Prevention Services Act, the
program is a part of the independent evaluation of Family
First Prevention Services. This includes tracking deflection
from foster care.
The resources provided by the pilot program are voluntary
and refusing such resources shall not be used as evidence of
neglect of a child.
The Department shall arrange for an independent evaluation
of the pilot program to determine whether the pilot program is
successfully supporting families receiving Extended Family
Support Program services or Family First Prevention Program
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services and preventing entrance into the foster care system.
This evaluation will support determining whether there is a
long-term cost benefit to continuing the pilot program.
At the end of the 3-year pilot program, the Department
shall submit a report to the General Assembly with its
findings of the evaluation. The report shall state whether the
Department intends to continue the pilot program and the
rationale for its decision.
The Department may adopt rules and procedures to implement
and administer this Section.
This Act takes effect upon