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This bill expands eligibility for kinship guardianship subsidies to include all relative and fictive kin (godparents and others who have a close family-like relationship with children). This expansion will assist many children to leave foster care to permanent families without unnecessary terminations of parent-child relationships. This expansion takes full advantage of available federal reimbursements for guardianship subsidies (through the 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and Expanding Adoptions Act). With the exception of those states and the District of Columbia which offer guardianship subsidies to non-kin, this broad definition is exemplary.Year: 2013•State: Missouri•Type: Act or Session Law•Source: Missouri Legislature
There were 1,413 Missouri Linked Deposit Program loans placed as of September 30, 2011, totaling $382,572,219. This represents an increase of more than $134 million from the amount of Missouri Linked Deposit Program loans from the same period a year earlier. The increase in program loans can be attributed to four main factors. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel's continued leadership in making legislative and administrative changes have made the Missouri Linked Deposit Program an effective tool for both lenders and borrowers. In 2011, Treasurer Zweifel: Removed the program's 2015 sunset by ushering legislation through the Missouri General Assembly. This led to more confidence on the behalf of lenders and borrowers that the program will be around; Implemented a priority application review policy ' the Harmed-area Emergency Loan Priority system or HELP ' that is geared toward getting capital more quickly into the hands of businesses and farms affected by natural disasters. Continued administrative improvements to help streamline the application process, including a secure online application system ; and 2011 was the second full year in which the statutory changes ushered in by Treasurer Zweifel's INVEST IN MISSOURI initiative.Year: 2011•State: Missouri•Type: Policy Brief or Report•Source: Missouri State Treasurer