The Senate passed by unanimous consent a bill that helps more children leave foster care and join permanent families, while clarifying the definition of a child for tax purposes.

The House passed the bill last week and it now awaits the president's signature. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act includes provisions subsidizing guardianship payments for relatives, increases the incentives for states to find adoptive parents for children in foster care, and provides adoption assistance to more special-needs children.

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