WASHINGTON, DC — This week, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to update the data collected from states in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS) for the first time in 23 years.
“Our economy and our businesses stand to suffer from the latest ill-advised and unnecessary restrictions placed on the island nation just 90 miles south of us. After 60 years of ineffective policy, it was President Obama who began to repair relations and improve the possibility that the United States would finally have a positive relationship with Cuba.
“I condemn the recent attacks in Sudan where many were killed and hundreds were injured. This appears to be a planned attack to repress the Sudanese people’s right to free assembly and abandon the rule of law. As bodies are recovered from the Nile, the United States and the international community must call for an investigation into this attack.
“Each year our participants have a real hand in making change – from CHAFEE grant extensions, to the passage of the Family First Act just last year, this group’s voices have changed our child welfare system forever,” said Rep. Bass. “The reality is this: when the government removes children from their parents, the government becomes that child’s parent.
"More than 1,200 people have died from Ebola in northeastern Congo since August of last year. The rising numbers of new Ebola cases demand our attention and action to ensure we do not face another epidemic. This outbreak is at risk of becoming a pandemic if it is not brought under control.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) extended Medicaid coverage to age 26 for all foster youth who were in foster care on their 18th birthday and were already enrolled in Medicaid. This provision of the law was intended to create parity between these individuals and young adults who can stay on their parent’s health insurance until the age of 26.
“I am disappointed that security forces would fire live ammunition rounds causing multiple fatalities in order to disband sit-ins and peaceful protests in Sudan. I am also discouraged that the military has shut down media networks in Khartoum, which is a clear infringement upon the freedom of the press.
“It is critical that we raise awareness about the unique challenges youth in the system face,” Rep. Bass said. “In all of my years working with children in the child welfare system, meeting thousands of children either in or out of care, the number one thing I hear is that they want a consistent source of advice and support.
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