The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act includes more than prevention. It also requires states to provide youth in foster care a list of their rights, as well as opportunities to participate in their case plan. Furthermore, this bill addresses long term foster care by exploring more options for older youth in care instead of resorting to permanent foster care. This bill additionally focuses on opportunities to provide more normalcy for youth in care by reducing the amount of red tape a young person faces when seeking to participate in school or community activities. 

Although this bill has passed the House, it still needs to pass the Senate in order for President Obama to sign it into law. The Senate will be back in session and able to vote in September. You can contact your Senators right now to share your story and encourage them to think of you while considering this bill.

Click here to learn more about the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.