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Issue Position: Children and Families

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A top priority of mine is ensuring that all of America's young people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Central to making sure our children grow up healthy and thriving is a commitment strengthening the families and communities who raise them -- particularly our families and communities most at risk -- by providing them with adequate social supports.

One of the major challenges in empowering the future of our youth is reforming our foster care system--a system that I believe is the most broken area of federal law. Though Congress has made some progress on these issues, it has been largely incremental. Much more remains to be done, and to truly improve the lives of our foster children we'll need a new generation of reformers and ideas America's abused and neglected children are our greatest national tragedy. I serve on the advisory board to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and will continue to be an outspoken advocate of fundamental foster care reform.

Every child, no matter where he lives, should have access to a high-quality education and an affordable higher education. This means supporting our teachers and principals by providing appropriate incentives for states and localities as they work to improve the unique education systems of their communities, and fully funding the programs we authorize. It also means providing students and their parents with ways to keep college affordable. Please visit my financial resources link to learn about opportunities for student aid.

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