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house Bill H.R. 2847

Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act

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Title

Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act

Official Title

To make improvements to the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program and related provisions.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act (Sec. 2) This bill amends part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act to revise the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program to: authorize states electing to extend foster care eligibility up to age 21 to extend assistance and services to youths who have aged out of foster care but have not yet reached age 23, authorize redistribution of unexpended amounts among states that apply for additional program funds, allow states to make individuals eligible for participation in the educational and training voucher program through age 25 (but no more than 5 years), and modify congressional reporting requirements.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed June 20th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 391 Yea / 8 Nay
      house Committees
      Worker and Family Support
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJune 8th, 2017

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    This issue should be state sponsored. We currently have plenty of Federal Control.
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    I have the text of the bill and only object to the following: in (c), "Expanding And Clarifying The Use Of Education And Training Vouchers," (1), (A) "...but in no event may a youth participate in the program for more than 5 years (whether or not consecutive)." I strongly object to the time limit for this assistance. If that language is removed, then I do indeed support this bill.
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    Too many kids who've been separated from their parents are left to figure life out on their own. They can use all the help they can get. Getting them the resources they need will only serve to strengthen our communities.
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    I agree with Operaman. This is a state issue because they are closest to the foster care children.
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    Many children who age out of foster care are not equipped for life on their own. They are not in foster care by choice and yet they are subjected to the flaws of the system just the same. We need to step up to make sure they have the tools to succeed outside the system. Otherwise, I fear we are setting them up to be part of the criminal system or dependent on welfare types of programs for the remainder of their adulthood. Let's prevent this!
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    Older youth in foster care are the most endangered population in the system. Yes, more needs to be done to protect them.
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    No details. Nay.
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    Yes, the youth is our future. They should have opportunities.
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    Our youth should always have a means to learn life skills that will allow them to succeed!
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    I applause the congress on considering helping the youth.
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    It's a state issue.
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    I've worked with this population in CA. The traditional aged youth housing program and independent living program works and should be implemented nationwide.
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