Child Welfare in the 21st Century

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National Foster Care Month

Posted by lboyd544 on May 24, 2014

There are many heroes in Congress when it comes to foster care: Sen. Grassley, Sen. Wyden, Sen. Carper, Sen. Baldwin, Sen. Stabenow, Sen. Portman, Landrieu….and others.  Also: Congresswoman Bass leads a Congressional Caucus on Foster Care of almost 200 members. These elected officials are each honoring foster families across the country this month, as they should. I also want to send a shout out to them and thank them for their tireless work!

And to you: the families and children…Thank You!

In the words of Sen. Grassley: “This month we take the opportunity to shed light on the foster care system and the thousands of children who have no permanent place to call home.

Every day, 691 new children find themselves entering foster care. There are more than 400,000 children and youth across the U.S. in the foster care system. More than 79,000 children will stay in foster care for more than three years. Of those, more than 23,400 will age out of foster care without ever finding an adoptive family or a permanent place to call home.

Society owes a debt of gratitude to the brigade of foster families, teachers, social workers, friends and neighbors who are caring for this vulnerable population and helping foster kids feel welcome and loved. These extraordinary citizens in our communities are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of foster kids.

In Congress, we are working to improve the lives of all those touched by the foster care system. 

We will continue working to keep the national spotlight on the challenges confronting foster youth — because every child deserves the stability and certainty that a loving, permanent home and family can provide.”

 

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