Press Releases

May 5, 2015

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

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.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) joined 119 bipartisan co-sponsors in introducing H. Res. 251 recognizing May as National Foster Care Month and encouraging Congress to implement policies to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

Jan 28, 2015

House unanimously passes Co-Chair Bass legislation to fight child link between sex trafficking and foster youth

With the support of many Foster Youth Caucus members, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 469, the “Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015.” The legislation will help to connect child victims of trafficking to appropriate services and prevent further exploitation.

Jul 25, 2014

House unanimously passes Bass legislation to fight child link between sex trafficking and foster youth

The House of Representatives today unanimously passed the “Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014,” legislation authored by Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) that will help to connect child victims of trafficking to appropriate services and prevent further exploitation.

May 9, 2014

House Passes Bipartisan Amendment to Ensure Foster and Homeless Students Don’t Face Discrimination in Charter Schools

Today the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bipartisan amendment authored by Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to H.R. 10, the “Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act.” The amendment would help to ensure that foster and homeless youth are not unfairly disadvantaged in the enrollment process for charter schools.

May 8, 2014

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

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.

May 24, 2013

McDermott, Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth to Host Foster Youth Listening Tour in Seattle

Next week, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, in cooperation with Casey Family Programs, will host a two-day listening tour to discuss the foster care and child welfare systems in Washington.

Jan 20, 2013

Foster Youth to Attend Inauguration, Discuss Reforms to the Nation’s Foster Care System With Members of Congress

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), co-founder and Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, announced she has invited three former foster youth to attend President Obama’s upcoming Inauguration, where they will also participate in meetings with lawmakers to raise awareness around the need for change within the nation’s foster care system.

Jan 15, 2013

Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Chair U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), HHS Assistant Secretary George Sheldon and former foster youth in touting the President’s signing of Uninterrupted Scholars Act

Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Chair U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif) joined U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families George Sheldon and a former foster youth in touting President Obama’s signing of the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA), which grants child welfare agencies access to the education records of children within their care.

Jan 2, 2013

Rep. Karen Bass Statement Urging Comprehensive Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

Representative Karen Bass (D-CA), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth issued the following statement urging more comprehensive efforts to combat human trafficking as we recognize National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

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