Langevin Receives “Fostering Transformative Change Award” at Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day 2019

Jun 7, 2019 Issues: Foster Youth, Rhode Island
Congressman Langevin with Bianca Lucci (left) and Amelia Mansuo (right).
Langevin Receives “Fostering Transformative Change Award” at Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day 2019

WASHINGTON  Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, participated in Foster Youth Shadow Day 2019, which was held on Tuesday, June 4. During the Shadow Day luncheon, Langevin was presented with the “Fostering Transformative Change Award” from the National Foster Youth Institute, for his many advocacy efforts on behalf of children in the foster care system.

Amelia Mansuo of Rhode Island and Bianca Lucci of California shadowed Langevin to experience a day in the life of a member of Congress while joining current and former foster youth from across the country to share their experiences and discuss child welfare reform. In addition to meeting with Langevin to speak directly to their experiences, they attended the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee markup of the National Defense Authorization Act.

“It was a true joy to have Amelia and Bianca to join me for Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day,” said Congressman Langevin. “While Amelia and Bianca come from different backgrounds and have unique stories, they are both incredibly intelligent and passionate advocates for their fellow foster youth. I am sincerely honored to receive the Fostering Transformative Change Award and to continue to have the opportunity to help raise the voices of foster youth.”

Langevin gained a unique perspective on the value of providing a loving home to foster youth having grown up with several foster brothers and sisters at an early age. Langevin brings this perspective to his work in Congress and he has worked to help address issues related to the foster care system. He authored portions of a 2011 law that requires free credit checks for foster youth before they age out of the system and provides assistance in clearing any inaccuracies from their records. In February, Langevin introduced the Safe Home Act, a bipartisan bill that combats unregulated custody transfers (also known as “rehoming”) of adopted children to strangers.