Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after today's Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee hearing on improving the lives of foster youth:
"Improving the lives of foster youth is an issue I care deeply about because these children deserve not only the protection, but also the opportunities that other kids enjoy. My wife and I recently learned about the work being done by The CALL -- Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime -- a foster care initiative that has created an unprecedented partnership between government and local churches, including my own, Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. I was excited to have the opportunity to recognize their efforts during today's hearing."
Today's hearing reviewed policies and practices that limit opportunities for foster youth, as well as recent efforts to enable foster parents and foster youth to expand the youth's participation in everyday events and activities.
In 2011, over 250,000 children entered foster care across the country. Congress has enacted a series of reforms designed to reduce the number of children in foster care. These recent reforms have led to more children staying safely in their own homes and more children being adopted instead of languishing in foster care.
The Uninterrupted Scholars Act allows child welfare workers access to educational records of foster youth so children having to change schools are less likely to fall behind.