To: FosterClub constituency
From: Team FosterClub
RE: Family First Prevention Services Act
FosterClub is heartbroken that the U.S. Senate has recessed and will be leaving Washington DC without passing the landmark Family First Prevention Services Act. Unfortunately, now that the bill is no longer cost-neutral, it is unlikely that the bill will pass in the new Congress.
We are inspired by the overwhelming support from our Young Leaders, many more foster youth and alumni, and partners. Many of you worked incredibly hard to support this effort through calling and writing your Senators, participating in webinars, sharing on social media and letting our policymakers know how the #FamilyFirstAct could make a difference for children, young people and families. Thank you for being engaged!
The Family First Act gained an incredible collaboration of support across a number of communities including the adoption, kinship, health care & mental health, judicial, substance abuse providers, and others. FosterClub was proud to partner with so many dedicated individuals.
As advocates, we’ve learned from this experience. We rallied together behind transformative ideas to impact positive change within the child welfare system across America. This legislation may not have passed in our current Congress, but that does not mean we lose hope. We will continue to advocate for the ideals outlined in the Family First Act for the benefit of young people currently in foster care, and for those who will depend on child welfare intervention in the future.
Youth and alumni voice is critical for continued advocacy and change.
In addition to recognizing our Young Leaders, partners and advocates, FosterClub would like to acknowledge and extend gratitude policymakers who supported the Family First Act:
We applaud the intentional and diligent efforts of policymakers and staff to ensure young peoples’ participation as the legislation was drafted. We are thankful for the provisions included in Family First that were based on the feedback you heard from young leaders.
To the House of Representatives: thank you for unanimously passing the bill in June. We would also like to recognize the following Senators who lead the effort to put children, youth and families first:
Cosponsors of Family First Prevention Services Act:
Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]*
Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]*
Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]*
Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]
Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]
Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]
Sen. Murphy, Christopher S. [D-CT]
Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]
Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]
Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]
Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]
Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]
Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]
Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME]
Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]
Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]
Sen. Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL]
Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]
Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
What can you do now?
Make sure your Senators and Representatives know you appreciate their support.
Call your Representative(s):
- Find your Congressional Representative at www.house.gov.
- Thank them for supporting the #FamilyFirstAct and putting children and families first.
Call your Senators:
- To reach your Senators’ offices, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected. Not sure of your Senators’ names? Visit www.senate.gov.
- Thank them (if listed as a co-sponsor below) for supporting the #FamilyFirstAct and making children and families a priority.
Our nation's most vulnerable children deserve better. One day, this system will change. Until then, we fight.