WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley will take part in a roundtable discussion on foster care prevention and child welfare with foster youth, parents and services providers in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Aug. 19. Grassley is co-founder and co-chairman of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth and has made a priority of hearing directly from foster youth, family members and program providers about the kinds of policies needed to serve the more than 6,000 children and teen-agers who live with one of Iowa’s approximately 2,700 foster families.
“Foster youth want to be heard, and they should be heard,” Grassley said. “Hearing from the kids themselves, the parents and those who provide them support has helped me to do a better job of representing these individuals in policy discussions in the Senate. I’m looking forward to a good discussion from the experts themselves on what helps kids and families succeed.”
In addition to leading the Senate caucus, Grassley has several pending pieces of legislation on child welfare. Many of his ideas have been included in the bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (S. 3065), which passed the House of Representatives in July and awaits Senate consideration. Grassley is an original cosponsor of the Senate bill.
The roundtable details follow here:
Friday, Aug. 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.*
Four Oaks Bridge -- Dummermuth Intergenerational Center
2100 First Avenue NE
*Grassley will be available to answer questions from local reporters immediately after the event at 3:30 p.m.