Lt. Governor Duncan’s “Fostering Success Act” Headed to Governor Kemp’s Desk
ATLANTA (March 30, 2022) | Today Lt. Governor Duncan’s “Fostering Success Act” reached full passage with unanimous Senate approval. Previously Senate Bill (SB) 370 and passed as House Bill (HB) 424, the “Fostering Success Act” serves as one of Lt. Governor Duncan’s top legislative priorities and seeks to increase resources for aged-out foster youth through a dollar-for-dollar state income tax credit.
The program will generate funds of up to $20 million per year that will go directly to services for un-adopted youth making the transition into adulthood. These include wraparound services that support areas such as postsecondary education, medical and mental health care, housing and transportation.
“Each year, hundreds of aged-out foster youth fall into this vulnerable sector of Georgia’s population,” said Lt. Governor Duncan. “The measure passed today creates an additional avenue to ensure our commitment to Georgia’s foster youth is fulfilled by positioning them to lead successful and gratifying lives.”
Carried in the Senate by Sen. Bill Cowsert (R – Athens), HB 424 now heads to Governor Kemp for his final approval.
“Today’s passage of the Fostering Success Act is a monumental step toward improving Georgia’s foster care system,” said Sen. Cowsert. “I commend our House colleagues for working with the Senate in a bipartisan manner to ensure Georgia’s older foster youth are taken care of through vital wraparound services.”
To view the full text of HB 424, please visit the following link: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59605.