WASHINGTON—Sen. Chuck Grassley today received the Congressional Advocate of the Year award from the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) for his work to protect children and support of child welfare programs.
“Working to improve the lives of underprivileged and vulnerable youth is something I strongly support. The league does great work for these kids and I’m honored to receive this award,” Grassley said.
Grassley is a long-time legislative sponsor and advocate for policies that promote adoption and improve foster care services as well as enhance child support enforcement.
Among his many efforts, Grassley is a co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, which serves as a clearinghouse for research on child welfare issues, bringing people together to identify and solve problems facing foster youth. The caucus is working to raise awareness on the challenges confronting foster youth.
Grassley has also been named a member of the Advisory Council of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. The council is composed of members of Congress and child welfare advocates who advise the institute on policy efforts to help children.
In the U.S. Senate, he also works to advance legislation to improve the well-being of children, including recently the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which promotes child health and abuse prevention among at-risk families. With Grassley’s support, Congress extended the program in the “doc fix” legislation that became law earlier this month.
The award was presented by Todd Landry and John Sciamanna of the Child Welfare League of America and April Curtis, a youth advocate, former Child Welfare League of America board member, and former foster youth. A photo of Grassley receiving the award from Landry, Sciamanna and Curtis can be found here.
More information about Grassley’s work on children’s issues can be found here.