Generations United created a brief summary of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, focused on the implications for kinship caregivers. On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act) was signed into law. The Act combines $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2021 and a $900 million COVID19 relief package. The law contains several important provisions that have implications for grandfamilies or kinship families (families in which grandparents, other relatives or close family friends are raising children.) This summary of the Act, divided by the relevant divisions and titles of that law, highlights provisions specifically designed to help grandfamilies and provides opportunities for the child welfare system to better support these families. In addition to provisions in this summary, the Act includes additional investments and expansions in supports and programs that may help eligible grandfamilies, such as child care, food and nutrition assistance, housing, violence prevention and domestic violence services, mental health services and special supports for children who have experienced trauma.
View the summary here.