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Jan 16, 2013 | Post and Courier

Former Summerville student is the face of new federal law

Six years after being lost in the foster care system, RJ Sloke is the poster child for the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, or USA, which was signed by President Barack Obama on Monday. The law allows social workers and other child welfare agencies access to students’ educational records.

Jan 15, 2013 | Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Obama signs Bachmann-backed bill to boost education for foster kids

Issues: Education

Rep. Michele Bachmann is getting credit today for her bipartisan work to improve educational opportunities for foster children. President Obama on Monday night signed a bill that Bachmann helped champion, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act.

Jan 13, 2013 | Associated Press

Burton, Bass: Education for foster kids gets a boost

The Uninterrupted Scholars Act is the first major piece of legislation passed through the efforts of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, founded and co-chaired by U.S. Rep. Karen Bass. After hearing the concerns of stakeholders across the country, she built a bipartisan alliance in the House and Senate to pass it.

Jan 7, 2013 | KPCC

Rep. Karen Bass promotes new law to help foster kids stay in school

The first signed piece of legislation from the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth makes an important change to the laws that govern children in foster care.

Jun 5, 2012 | National Journal

Advocate for Forgotten Kids

Rushing down the halls of the Cannon House Office Building, shoving her way into crowded elevators and brushing shoulders in the tunnel to the Capitol, Withelma Ortiz-Walker Pettigrew told the story of her troubled youth.

Jun 5, 2012 | Roll Call

Fostering Growth

The halls of Congress that Withelma Ortiz Walker Pettigrew traversed last week are a far cry from the abusive foster and groups homes she bounced around throughout her childhood.

May 31, 2012 | Chronicle of Social Change

Lawmakers Aim to Help Foster Youth Earn an A+

Issues: Education

As the country braces itself for election season’s pitched partisanship, a group of federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have found common ground on critical legislation that promises to streamline information exchange between education and foster care.

May 31, 2012 | Associated Press

Bill would help foster youths with school records

Issues: Education

Federal lawmakers proposed a bill Thursday that would give social workers better access to school records in an effort to improve education for foster children.

Apr 5, 2012 | Westside Gazette

Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth members visit Broward, Miami-Dade Counties for second stop on Nationwide Listening and Learning Tour

On March 30, 2012, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth held the second stop of its nationwide listening and learning tour in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to gain a better understanding of Florida’s state and local child welfare system.

Apr 5, 2012 | South Florida Times

Lawmakers Get Glimpse of Florida's Child Welfare System

Florida U.S. Reps. Alcee L. Hastings of Miramar and Frederica Wilson of Miami hosted the sessions that included the caucus co-chairwoman U.S. Reps. Karen Bass of California.

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