Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2)
Last week, the Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Karen Bass (D-CA), Jim Langevin (D-RI), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Don Bacon (R-NE) introduced a resolution to recognize May 2022 as National Foster Care Month.
“As an adoptive parent of three, I am committed to ensuring every child has a safe, supportive, and forever family,” Mullin said. “There are over 400,000 children in the United States who need a loving home. These kids, and the families who foster them, need our help and support. During National Foster Care Month, we recognize the challenges these youth face and the importance of doing everything we can to set them up for success in the future.”
“National Foster Care Month celebrates when Democrat and Republican members throughout the country work together to lift up the over 400,000 young people who rely on our nation’s foster care system,” Bass said. “For National Foster Care Month, we come together to celebrate the resiliency of the youth who are in, or have been in, the foster care system. Throughout the year, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth is committed to amplifying their voices and raising awareness about their needs and the needs of the relatives and foster care families who love, care, and support them.”
“Every child in America should have a safe home and a family who loves them. Unfortunately, far too many young people age out of the foster care system before they’ve found a forever family. This National Foster Care Month, we’re joining advocates and members of the foster care community to raise awareness of the challenges these children face, and we’re working to engage lawmakers at every level of government in the fight for our children,” Langevin said.
“During National Foster Care Month, we are reminded of the important work we need to do to support our over 400,000 foster children,” Lawrence said. “Congress has a responsibility to do everything we can to provide them, and the foster care families and organizations who help them, with the necessary resources to thrive. This month and every month, I’m grateful to work with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to lift up the needs and voices of our foster youth.”
“Every child needs love, acceptance, and security and Foster Care Month is a reminder to the nation we are committed to our kids in care. As a foster to adopt parent, I understand the importance of working to make sure children can grow up in a home where they receive these necessities,” Bacon said. “If we say a child has a better outcome in foster care than their home, we have to do a better job in Congress to keep our commitment to giving kids their best chance.”
National Foster Care Month was established more than 30 years ago to bring foster care issues to the forefront, highlight the importance of permanency for every child, and to recognize the key roles foster parents, social workers, and advocates have in the lives of children in foster care throughout the United States. Today, nearly a third of children in foster care are being raised by kin — many of whom are grandparents. In recognition of this, the theme of this year’s national Foster Care Awareness Month is Relative and Kinship Connections: Keeping Families Strong.
Cosponsors include Reps. Cynthia Axne (IA-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Emanual Cleaver II ((MO-05), Danny Davis (IL-07), Madeleine Dean (PA-04), Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Henry C. ‘Hank’ Johnson Jr. (GA-04), Blake Moore (UT-01), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), Thomas Suozzi (NY-03), and David Trone (MD-06).
To read the full text of the resolution, click here.