We Need Your Support to Urge Congress to Vote Yes for Foster Care Prevention Services

| August 1, 2016

A request from Children’s Action Alliance:

Arizona has nearly 19,000 children in foster care, one of the highest rates in the country. Even when placed in good homes, foster care can be traumatic for children, and families who are at risk of their children entering foster care can benefit greatly from preventive services.

We have a terrific opportunity to make improvements in our child welfare system with a bill being considered in Congress, The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (H.R. 5466/S. 3065). Currently, most federal child welfare services dollars can only be used for foster care, rather than prevention services, leaving very few resources to help families stay out of the system. This measure provides an opportunity for Arizona and other states to use federal dollars for specific services such as substance abuse treatment, parenting skills and mental health services to help address the root causes that lead to the neglect and eventual removal of children from their homes.

The Family First Act also strongly encourages states to place children who do need to be removed from their homes with relatives or loving families. In Arizona, 2,700 children in foster care are living in group care instead of family homes. You can help move our state in a better direction by contacting our U.S. Senators to urge them to vote yes on S. 3065. All you need to do is click on this link, fill in the details and send. If you prefer to call, use the telephone numbers to your right.

Thank you,

CAA

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