Putting Kids First

Jun 4, 2014
    Congressman Langevin with RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

Dear Friends,

Private re-homing is typically used to describe pet owners looking for a new home for their animals. But there is an online underworld where re-homing is just as often used to shift guardianship of children, without regulation or oversight. Having grown up in a family with many foster siblings, this hits close to home, and I find this practice deeply unsettling.

Thankfully, I am not alone. There are many others who are fighting this same fight, and together, we will find a solution.

In Rhode Island, I convened a roundtable discussion to address re-homing and what can be done to stop it. The conversation was very productive, and the wheels are already in motion to try and stop re-homing from happening to others. In Washington, I commissioned a GAO study to investigate re-homing and recommend actions to Congress. I am co-leading a bill to expand the training of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to include offers to re-home children, and I am an original cosponsor of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act, which would help prevent youth in foster care from becoming victims of re-homing. In October, I also introduced the Protecting Children Act to provide for pre- and post-adoptive counseling assistance to ease the transition for children and families.

This is a good start, and I pledge to continue fighting on behalf of our children. All children deserve a safe, loving home, and it is our responsibility to ensure that is possible.

To learn more about my work on re-homing or other issues, visit my website, and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

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