Chuck Grassley

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Grassley Resolution Marking May as National Foster Care Month Passes the Senate

May 24, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Senate passed a resolution by Senator Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa), co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, recognizing May as National Foster Care Month.

“While children in the foster care system need love and support year-round, we designate this month as a special opportunity to raise awareness of the struggles they face and how we can all help,” Grassley said. “As we mark May as National Foster Care Month, it is also important to recognize and support everyone involved in helping foster youth, including foster parents, youth mentors, caseworkers, social workers and child welfare advocates. These individuals provide love, guidance and support to children in need and we should continue assisting them in their important work.”

Introduced by Grassley, along with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D- Mich.) and 23 bipartisan colleagues, the resolution describes the multiple challenges facing the approximately 425,000 children in the foster care system, and recognizes the efforts of all those who work to improve the system. It resolves that the Senate should enact policies to improve the lives of these children. Policy goals include the achievement of permanent homes and the successful transition of youths who are aging out of the system into adulthood.

The Senate gave final passage to the measure without objection. Grassley has led the effort to designate May as National Foster Care Month every year since 2015.

Text of the resolution is available here. A recent floor speech on the topic is available here, and a recently published op-ed on the topic is available here.

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