Bipartisan Congressional Leaders Call for Additional Foster Youth Supports in COVID-19 Response Package

Mar 23, 2020 Issues: Children and Families, Education, Foster Youth

Washington – Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI), Don Bacon (R-NE), Karen Bass (D-CA), and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) released the following statement on supporting foster youth in the next COVID-19 response package:

“Current and former foster youth, particularly older youth transitioning to adulthood, are at risk of suffering harsh social and economic consequences from the COVID-19 outbreak – from unemployment to homelessness and a lack of healthcare. That’s why we introduced a bipartisan bill this morning to guarantee targeted supports for these youth so they don’t fall through the cracks during this crisis. We are pleased that provisions from our legislation, including additional funding and flexibility for the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood and Chafee Education and Training Voucher Program, are part of the House proposal put forward this evening. We urge Congressional leaders to work with the Administration to ensure foster youth are protected in the final COVID-19 package.”