senate Bill S8503B

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes a temporary moratorium on aging out of foster care and allows certain youths to return to foster care

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 09, 2020 print number 8503b
Jul 09, 2020 amend (t) and recommit to rules
Jun 17, 2020 print number 8503a
Jun 17, 2020 amend (t) and recommit to rules
Jun 06, 2020 referred to rules

S8503 - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Social Services

S8503 - Summary

Establishes a six-month moratorium on aging out of foster care allowing such youths and their foster parents or caregivers to continue receiving the benefits they were eligible for prior to such youths aging out and also allows youths who are eligible to return to foster care upon court approval to return to foster care without such court approval and waives requirements that such youths participate in vocational and educational programs; provides for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof.

S8503 - Sponsor Memo

S8503 - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  8503

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 6, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to establish a six-month moratorium on aging out of  foster  care
  and  allowing certain children to return to foster care; and providing
  for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Notwithstanding any other law, rule, or regulation to the
contrary, the state shall place a moratorium on the aging out  of  chil-
dren  in  the foster care system. Such moratorium shall continue for six
months after the expiration of the declared state of emergency  relating
to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). During such moratorium:
  1. children who obtain an age which, under normal circumstances, would
prohibit  them from receiving benefits from the foster care system shall
not be removed from foster care and the foster child and foster  parents
or  other  caregivers shall continue to receive any benefits such child,
parents or caregivers were entitled  to  receive  prior  to  such  child
reaching such age, including, but not limited to, the provision of hous-
ing and monetary benefits, for the duration of such moratorium.
  2.  children  who  have  been  discharged from foster care but who are
eligible to return to foster care upon court approval shall be  eligible
to  return  to  foster care without first obtaining such court approval.
Local social services districts shall grant such return to  foster  care
and  any  requirements  for  participation in vocational and educational
programs shall be waived for the duration of the moratorium.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed  repealed  one  hundred  eighty  days after the expiration of the
declared state of emergency relating to the  novel  coronavirus  (COVID-
19);  and  provided,  further,  that the commissioner of social services
shall notify the legislative bill drafting commission  upon  the  occur-
rence  of  the  expiration  of  the state disaster emergency declared by
executive order number 202 and any further amendments or  modifications,
and  as  may be further extended pursuant to section 28 of the executive
law, in order that the commission may maintain an  accurate  and  timely

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S8503A - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Social Services

S8503A - Summary

Establishes a six-month moratorium on aging out of foster care allowing such youths and their foster parents or caregivers to continue receiving the benefits they were eligible for prior to such youths aging out and also allows youths who are eligible to return to foster care upon court approval to return to foster care without such court approval and waives requirements that such youths participate in vocational and educational programs; provides for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof.

S8503A - Sponsor Memo

S8503A - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 8503--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 6, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Rules  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to establish a temporary moratorium on aging out of foster care
  and allowing certain children to return to foster care; and  providing
  for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Notwithstanding any other law, rule, or regulation  to  the
contrary,  the  state shall place a moratorium on the aging out of chil-
dren in the foster care system. Such moratorium shall continue  for  six
months  after  the  governor  has  declared  that the state of emergency
relating to the novel coronavirus  (COVID-19)  has  ended.  During  such
moratorium:
  1. children who reach the age of twenty-one while in foster care shall
not  be  removed from foster care and shall have the option to remain in
foster care, and no youth who is over  the  age  of  eighteen  shall  be
discharged from foster care without the express consent of the youth and
the  youth's  attorney, and the foster child and foster parents or other
caregivers shall continue to receive any benefits such child, parents or
caregivers were entitled to receive prior to such  child  reaching  such
age,  including,  but not limited to, the provision of housing and mone-
tary benefits, for the duration of such moratorium.
  2. any former foster youth who requests to return to foster  care,  as
provided for in Article 10-B of the Family Court Act, shall be permitted
to  return  to  placement upon request without obtaining court approval,
and any requirement  for  participation  in  vocational  or  educational
programs shall be waived for the duration of the moratorium provided for
in this legislation.
  §  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed one hundred eighty days after the governor has  declared
that the state of emergency relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
has  ended;  and  provided,  further,  that  the  commissioner of social

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Co-Sponsors

S8503B (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Social Services

S8503B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a six-month moratorium on aging out of foster care allowing such youths and their foster parents or caregivers to continue receiving the benefits they were eligible for prior to such youths aging out and also allows youths who are eligible to return to foster care upon court approval to return to foster care without such court approval and waives requirements that such youths participate in vocational and educational programs; provides for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof.

S8503B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8503B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 8503--B

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 6, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Rules  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to establish a temporary moratorium on aging out of  foster  care
  and  allowing  certain  youths to return to foster care; and providing
  for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Notwithstanding any other law, rule, or regulation to the
contrary, the state shall place a  moratorium  on  youth  aging  out  of
foster  care. Such moratorium shall continue for one hundred eighty days
after the state disaster emergency declared pursuant to executive  order
202 of 2020 in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has
ended. During such moratorium:
  1.  Youth  who  reach the age of twenty-one while in foster care shall
not be removed and shall have the option  to  remain  in  care  for  the
length  of  the moratorium. Provided, further, any youth who is eighteen
years of age or older, or reaches such age during the  moratorium  shall
not  be  discharged  from foster care without the express consent of the
youth and the youth's attorney.  Nothing herein shall prohibit  a  youth
from  leaving  care  during  the  moratorium  if they would prefer to be
discharged from foster care. In addition, any benefits the  foster  care
youth,  foster  parents  or other caregivers were receiving prior to the
youth reaching the age of twenty-one,  shall  continue  to  be  provided
during the length of the moratorium.
  2.  Any former foster care youth who requests to return to foster care
pursuant to the provisions of article 10-B  of  the  family  court  act,
shall  be  permitted to return to placement upon request by the youth or
the youth's attorney without obtaining court  approval  as  required  by
article  10-B  of  the family court act, and any requirement for partic-
ipation in vocational or educational programs shall be  waived  for  the
duration of the moratorium provided for in this legislation.

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