#FamilyFirstAct Twitter storm Friday, July 8th at 12pm ET, 9am PT
Join former foster youth, pediatricians, child advocates, child welfare service providers, and policymakers for an hour-long Twitter storm on what children need from the child welfare system in order to heal from trauma and thrive in family settings. Right now, major child welfare reform efforts are taking place on Capitol Hill through legislation known as the Family First Prevention Services Act. Among many other benefits, the bipartisan bill supports keeping children safely with their families, preventing the need for foster care, and ensuring that children in group homes have access to licensed clinical and nursing staff onsite where they live.
As the Senate will soon take action on this bill, this storm will call attention to how it would improve the child welfare system for children and families, and highlight personal stories and experiences of young people who grew up in the system and of others who care for and work with children in foster care.
What: An hour-long Twitter storm supporting children at-risk for and involved in the child welfare system
When: Friday, July 8th, 12:00pm ET
How to join: Log onto Twitter and use #FamilyFirstAct to share messages and follow the conversation
Tools to help:
· Fact sheet from 14 organizations supporting the bill’s clinical and nursing staff standard
· FosterClub website, summary of the bill and opportunity to take action
· Children’s Defense Fund summary of the Family First Prevention Services Act
· Because of histories of abuse, neglect, and other trauma, children in group homes need clinical staff onsite. #FamilyFirstAct does that.
· The #FamilyFirstAct would be major, meaningful progress toward protecting children and supporting their families.
· Without onsite clinical care, routine, daily insulin checks for children with diabetes can instead become trips to the ER. #FamilyFirstAct
· Without onsite clinical care, diagnosing and treating a mental health condition over time becomes next to impossible. #FamilyFirstAct