Faso's Bipartisan Foster Care Legislation Passes House

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Washington, D.C., June 20, 2017 | comments
“Everyone deserves a family, regardless of age, and my legislation would support those in challenging circumstances past 21 years old.”
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Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today expressed support for his bipartisan bill H.R. 2847, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act. Faso’s legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 391 to 8. The measure is co-sponsored by Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY), Karen Bass (D-CA), Danny Davis (D-IL), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Matt Cartwright (D-PA).

“Older youth in New York and elsewhere are more likely to leave foster care without a permanent home. My bill would extend essential services to those former foster care recipients up to the age of 23, at no additional cost to taxpayers. Everyone deserves a family, regardless of age, and my legislation would support those in challenging circumstances past 21 years old,” said Rep. Faso.

H.R. 2847 would allow states to extend important social services to former foster care youth up to 23 years old. The bill would also raise the eligibility age for education, including post-secondary education, and training vouchers up to 26. Since states can currently extend foster care up to 21 years old, H.R. 2847 would assist those New Yorkers and others leaving foster care at an older age.

Of those who “age out” of foster care nationally, one in five are homeless; just 50 percent will be employed by age 24; fewer than 3 percent will earn a college degree; and 71 percent of women will be pregnant by 21. Furthermore, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act tracks the success rates of those older foster care youth transitioning out of care into adoption or kinship guardianship.

“As Executive Director of the U.S. DOL-funded Ulster YouthBuild program, which allows for inclusion of former foster youth as eligible program participants, I fully support Congressman Faso’s sponsorship of H.R. 2847, ‘Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act,’” said Bonnie Landi, Executive Director of Ulster YouthBuild Partnership, a development program for low-income, out-of-school young people ages 16 to 24, located in Kingston. “The fact that the bill allows HHS to redistribute unspent state money to other states, in my opinion, is another sound practice defined in the bill.”

Watch Congressman Faso's remarks here or click the image above.
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