As you may know, the popular, bipartisan adoption incentives program is set to expire in September 2008. Representatives Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Jerry Weller (R-IL) just introduced a bipartisan proposal, H.R. 6307, the Fostering Connections to Success Act, that would extend the Adoption Incentive Program and improve the system in other ways as well. (Details below). We need your help!
The incentives program has helped increase the number of adoptions from foster care. America ‘s foster children need this program to be re-authorized and updated. Since 1998, the U.S. has successfully finalized adoptions for approximately 443,000 foster children for whom reunification wasn’t possible. However, 127,000 children are still waiting for safe, permanent families through adoption.
Please call or email your Representative this morning to ask him or her to sponsor the Fostering Connections to Success Act and help more of these children find families of their own. (Call toll-free at 1-888-686-8191, give your zipcode and you will be connected to your Representative). To co-sponsor H.R. 6307, your Representative’s staff can contact Sean Hughes in Rep. McDermott’s office at 5-3106 or Jack Dusik in Rep. Weller’s office at 5-3635.
You can also send emails through our website at www.kidsarewaiting.org/act.
Thank you for your help in spreading this message and urging Congress to help foster children succeed.