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Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) participated in the Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day which is held annually to help youths explore career paths that interest them. Rep. Vargas is spending the day with a San Diego foster youth who would like to learn about Congress.
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif), co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, offered a simple message for the guests. “People always ask me what we can do for foster kids,” she says. “It’s simple. What would you do for your own kids?”
Foster Youth Caucus members Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) announced that they plan to reintroduce the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would prevent child welfare agencies from discriminating against LGBT Americans who wish to become foster or adoptive parents.
For the roughly 26,200 foster youth who aged out of the system in recent years, America is effectively telling those children you’re on your own at age 18. That’s the age where foster youth “age out” of the system.
A few days of reading the news and you’d never believe the rate of children entering foster care actually shrank dramatically over the past decade with the greatest declines coming from African-American foster youth.
A core principle of immigration reform must be a focus on protecting children of undocumented immigrants, who through no fault of their own can end up being ripped away from a loving home or denied the right to see a parent they primarily rely on to have their basic needs met.
As Congress looks toward meaningful immigration reform, we must take care not to neglect one of the most heartbreaking problems within the current, broken system: what happens to children when their parents or guardians are deported.
Studies show children of color enter foster care at disproportional rates than their share of the general population. The Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care once summarized the state of African American children in the system as facing “the gravest disparities.”
Three foster youth shared their stories with Rep. Bass before President Obama's inauguration.
Three former foster children will be in Washington on Monday to witness President Barack Obama's ceremonial inauguration for a second term.