Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Co-Chairs Introduce Resolution Recognizing May as National Foster Care Month

May 8, 2014

WASHINGTON – Co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, U.S. Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), joined 101 bipartisan co-sponsors in introducing a House Resolution recognizing May as National Foster Care Month and encouraging  Congress to implement policies to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

Rep. Karen Bass:  “Our first responsibility as members of Congress is to protect all of our young people and make sure that every child has the opportunity to grow up in a stable and loving home.  This month, members of Congress from across the country are focused on helping the children who are living in our foster care system and working with the dedicated  professionals to provide real solutions that will ensure that foster youth find a permanent and loving home.”

Rep. Tom Marino: "We recognize how important it is to help improve outcomes for foster youth and foster families.  I am proud to be working with this group of dedicated leaders.  Through the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, we are calling attention to important issues affecting young people and families all over America.  I look forward to highlighting these issues during National Foster Care Month and to hosting leading foster youth when they come to the Capitol."

Rep. Jim McDermott:  “Foster children need the same things to succeed that all children need– a safe home, a caring family, a good education, and access to health care. I’ve been a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth since it started, and it’s been wonderful to see the progress we’re making.  This resolution is another step forward in our all-important work with foster care support groups and the individuals that come out of the system.  Together, we can forge a just, healthy foster care system for children and families; a system fully capable of helping families in need and helping foster children grow to be healthy, productive adults.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann:  “As a former foster mother to 23 wonderful girls, my husband and I wanted to provide them the same love, support and stability that we provide to our five biological children. Unfortunately, too many children in America are not afforded this same opportunity. I am proud to join my colleagues in a bipartisan effort recognizing May as Foster Care Month to raise awareness, and support and encourage not only the foster youth in this country, but also the families who welcome them into their home.”

Across the country, members will participate in activities to raise awareness about foster youth, which will culminate in "Foster Youth Shadow Days," when more than 50 foster youth from across the country will come to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 29 to spend the day with their members of Congress, educate them on their lives as a foster youth, and see firsthand how Congress works.

About the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth:

Founded in 2011, the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth was created by co-chairs Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to protect and promote the welfare of all children in foster care and those who have “aged out” of the system. The Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth provides a forum for Members of Congress to discuss and develop policy recommendations to strengthen the child welfare system and improve the overall well-being of youth and families.