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December 4, 2001
Calls Needed Now to Increase Guaranteed Funding for Abused and Neglected Children
Time is running out. Your final efforts are needed to secure guaranteed increased funding for abused and neglected children. Due to your past efforts, momentum is building. The final push is now on to get these guaranteed funding increases. Your help is needed to keep up the pressure. The clock is ticking, and the next two weeks are critically important.
Call your two U.S. Senators today and tell them to ACT NOW to increase the guaranteed funding for the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program and the Chafee Foster Care Independence voucher program. S. 1503 is a combined increase of $260 million a year; more than $1 billion over four years.
You can reach all Senate offices by phone through the Capitol Switchboard at 202/224-3121.
- How much PSSF funding would your state receive under this bill?
- How much Foster Care Independence voucher funding would your state receive?
Congress has only a couple of weeks left this year to pass important legislation that will guarantee a $200 million increase for the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program and add $60 million annually to the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program for educational and training vouchers for youth aging out of foster care.
Thank you to those organizations who signed the letter to President Bush. More than 400 national, state, and local organizations signed the letter asking the President to continue to push for the reauthorization of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program with the promised increase in guaranteed (mandatory) funding. This letter has also been circulated to key members of Congress.
The challenge now is to get the Senate to pass the guaranteed increased funding for both the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program ($200 million a year) and the voucher program ($60 million a year) in S. 1503, the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments Act of 2001. These guaranteed funds will protect abused and neglected children, promote adoption, and assist older youth aging out of foster care.
Last month, the House passed a version of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments Act, but it includes NO guaranteed funding increases for either of these programs. Without funding guarantees, these children will not be assured of the help they need.
Ask your Senators to pass S. 1503. Promoting Safe and Stable Families program funds are key to assisting abused and neglected children and their families. Funds are used for family support, family preservation, adoption, and reunification services. New funds for the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program will help support youth transitioning from foster care to independence.
Providing additional federal mandatory funding for vulnerable children and youth through these programs are priorities in President Bush's FY 2002 budget and should be priorities for Congress as well.
For more information, call CWLA Government Affairs at 202/942-0278 or contact Liz Meitner, Vice President of Government Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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