Our foster care system places minors which have been made wards of the court into institutions, group and private homes. These residences are headed by a state-certified caregiver called a foster parent. The placement of a child is usually arranged through a social-service agency and the foster parent is provided compensation for expenses. Foster children may be orphaned, abused, neglected or delinquent Americans who cannot live with their biological families. In 2010, there were more than 400,000 American foster children. About half of these children were living in non-relative foster homes, about 25% were living in foster homes with relatives, 10% were in institutions and 5% were in group homes. Most children spend less than 2 years in foster homes before they are reunited with family, adopted, emancipated as minors or aged out of the system. About 15% of these children spend more than four years in a foster home. Advocates say the challenges are great for these children, both when growing up and after leaving the system at the age of 18.
S.1047 & H.R.2149 – Families for Foster Youth Stamp Act of 2013
H.R.102 – Rehab and Ahmed Amer Foster Care Improvement Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current foster care policy and wish to defeat S.1047 & H.R.2149 and H.R.102
I support requiring the United States Postal Service, for a period of at least four years, to provide for the issuance and sale of a semipostal (postage stamp) in order to increase funding for effective programs targeted at improving permanency outcomes for youth in foster care; divides the amount received from such sales equally between: programs and activities under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978 that specifically target improvement in permanency outcomes for youth in foster care through adoption, guardianship, or kinship care; and the program for state courts to assess and improve handling of proceedings relating to foster care and adoption, and wish to pass S.1047 & H.R.2149
I support requiring the state, within 90 days after making a placement decision, to provide notice of the decision and the reasons for it to each parent of the child; allowing the attorney for the child to petition the court involved to review the decision; requiring the court to commence such a review on the record after receiving such a petition, and wish to pass H.R.102