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June 3, 2016
Home Sweet Home
           Congressman Langevin with his foster youth shadow, Randy Colon

Dear Friends,

Growing up, my parents welcomed foster children into our family, and I saw the difference a safe, loving home could make in the life of a child. Ever since, improving the foster care system has been a cause about which I care deeply. There are too many children who languish in the system, aging out before finding their “forever family.”

Randy Colon was one of those children. Now 21, Randy experienced six placements in nine years before aging out of the system. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Randy during the fifth annual Foster Youth Shadow Day. Thanks to his own hard work and determination, he is on a path to success, living independently and studying to be a veterinarian.

But Randy is an exceptional young man, and the experiences he had in foster care could have led to a very different outcome. Each failed placement damages a child’s self-worth. That kind of trauma is exactly what we need to avoid. I introduced the All Kids Matter Act to allow states to use federal foster care funding for more preventative services. In some cases, foster care may be the only suitable option, but by adding flexibility in foster care spending, early intervention and family support services could potentially avoid a crisis and spare a child from the anxiety of being forcibly removed from their home.

Our kids deserve better.

This bill is one of many I have introduced to protect kids, from my efforts to end re-homing to my Foster Youth Financial Security Act that passed into law in 2011. Stay informed on my work on behalf of foster youth, and all children, on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Vice President Joseph Biden speaks in East Providence
Welcome, Joe
It was a tremendous honor to welcome Vice President Joe Biden back to Rhode Island for an event focused on infrastructure. Prior to the speaking program, I joined the Vice President under a dilapidated bridge in East Providence, and the crumbling structure underscored the critical nature of the infrastructure challenges we face in our state. Vice President Biden gets it. He believes, as do I, that with political will and smart investments, we can rebuild our highways and bridges to meet the demands of today and the future.
 
Congressman Langevin at the URI commencement
Under the Sea
I was proud to join my colleagues in the Congressional delegation last month in announcing more than $1.8 million in grant funding for oceans research and coastal data archives at the University of Rhode Island. URI is an epicenter of marine studies in the Ocean State, and these funds will allow the university and its students to better study and protect our oceans, and make our environment more resilient.
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