In recognizing National Foster Care Month, Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced S. RES. 462 to acknowledge the month of May as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges faced by children in the foster care system. The resolution also expresses appreciation for the dedication of foster care parents, advocates, and workers, and encourages Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system. Landrieu and Grassley created the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth to convene stakeholders and advocates to discuss the challenges faced by older youth in care as well as those who age out, and the policy implications for the federal government. Since the caucus’ inception in 2009, Landrieu and Grassley have also brought together young people from across the country to share their experiences and recommendations for system improvement.
Over the last three weeks, Members in both the House and Senate have been actively raising awareness of National Foster Care Month on Capitol Hill and in their respective districts. To conclude the month, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth will be hosting its first annual Youth Shadow Day on May 31st, to provide foster youth an opportunity to shadow a Member of Congress.