A request for supporting letters is being made by adoption-support groups:
ACTION ALERT: Ask Senators on the Finance Committee to act NOW to reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Program and help support adoption and relative guardianship
Today, more than 127,000 children and young people in foster care are waiting to leave the system – for good – to join permanent families. Every day without a permanent family feels like a lifetime to a child.
The bipartisan Adoption Incentives Program has helped more than 443,000 children leave the uncertainty of foster care to join adoptive families – but unless Congress acts now, it will expire on September 30, 2008. The House acted unanimously to reauthorize the Adoption Incentives Program in late June and included provisions to provide relative guardianship as an additional way for children to exit foster care for permanent families. Please join us in urging the Senate to act before August recess begins.
Senators on the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the nation’s foster care system, will play a key role in promoting safe, permanent families for our most vulnerable children. Please call your Senator if you are from the following states (which has members on the Senate Finance Committee):
Arizona • Arkansas • Colorado • Idaho • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Maine • Massachusetts • Michigan • Montana • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Mexico • New York • North Dakota • Oregon • Utah • Washington
PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD BY forwarding this information to your friends, family, colleagues, and networks in these states and encouraging them to take action too.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't guardianship very different from adoption? If so, how would an Adoption Incentive help maintain parental-rights [especially for those parents who are fighting to get their children back from foster-care]?