National Fly-in Day to Champion the Needs of Kids in Foster Care

Date: April 10, 2008

Location:
Rayburn House Office Building
Room B-354

Washington, DC 20515

Description:

Representatives to show their support for federal legislation that would help children in foster care leave the system and kinship caregivers access resources

WHAT:

More than 100 people from 43 states are coming to Washington, DC to urge their Members of Congress to pass the Kinship Caregiver Support Act (S. 661 and H.R. 2188)

Similar to provisions included in the Invest in Kids Act, the Kinship Caregiver Support Act allows states to continue assistance to the family when a child leaves foster care through supported guardianship, similar to assistance provided to many children adopted from foster care. If such federal support for guardianships existed, an estimated 15,000 children living with relatives in long-term foster care placements could leave the system... for good.

More information at www.youtube.com/kidsarewaiting.

PHOTO OP:

Grandparents and other relatives raising children in foster care, child advocates, and foster care alumni from 43 states will gather for a kick-off rally with Representatives Jim McDermott (WA) and Danny Davis (IL), before holding individual Congressional meetings with their state delegations throughout the day. Also invited: Senator Hillary Clinton (NY) and Senator Olympia Snowe (ME).

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