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Congratulations to Michele Bachmann for introducing her FOURTH piece of legislation in 10 months of work in Washington, DC. The legislation is a relatively innocent resolution honoring public child welfare agencies, nonprofit organizations and private entities providing services for foster children.

110th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. RES. 789

Honoring public child welfare agencies, nonprofit organizations and private entities providing services for foster children.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 1, 2007

Mrs. BACHMANN (for herself, Mr. AKIN, Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland, Mrs. BIGGERT, Mr. BILBRAY, Mr. BISHOP of Utah, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. BLUNT, Mrs. BOYDA of Kansas, Mr. BROUN of Georgia, Mr. BROWN of South Carolina, Mr. BUCHANAN, Mr. CAMPBELL of California, Mr. CANTOR, Mr. CARDOZA, Mr. CLYBURN, Mr. CULBERSON, Mr. DAVID DAVIS of Tennessee, Mr. DONNELLY, Mr. ELLISON, Mr. ENGLISH of Pennsylvania, Mr. FEENEY, Mr. FERGUSON, Ms. FOXX, Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey, Mr. GINGREY, Mr. GOODE, Ms. GRANGER, Mr. HASTERT, Mr. HELLER of Nevada, Mr. HOEKSTRA, Mr. HULSHOF, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Mr. KINGSTON, Mr. KLINE of Minnesota, Mr. KUHL of New York, Mr. LAMBORN, Mr. LANGEVIN, Mr. LEWIS of California, Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California, Mr. MARCHANT, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. PEARCE, Mr. PITTS, Mr. POE, Mr. PRICE of Georgia, Mr. MACK, Mr. MCCAUL of Texas, Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS, Mr. RUSH, Ms. LORETTA SANCHEZ of California, Mr. SHADEGG, Mr. SHULER, Mr. SMITH of Nebraska, Mr. TAYLOR, and Mr. WAMP) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


RESOLUTION

Honoring public child welfare agencies, nonprofit organizations and private entities providing services for foster children.

Whereas 500,000 children in the United States are currently in foster care which is twice as many as 20 years ago;

Whereas the majority of these children and youth have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect;

Whereas foster children experience a number of unique challenges based on instability in their home and school environments;

Whereas just over half of all foster children complete high school, 40 percent continue to rely on public assistance into adulthood and 25 percent will experience homelessness at one point in their lives;

Whereas numerous public child welfare agencies, nonprofit organizations and private entities work tirelessly to recruit loving foster families and improve the lives of foster children;

Whereas these groups strive to consider the best interest of each child and focus on keeping families together when possible;

Whereas they provide invaluable resources to foster families as well as teachers, counselors, physicians, clergy, and others who work closely with children in the foster care system;

Whereas these groups are dedicated to changing public policy and raising awareness related to the special needs of foster children; and

Whereas they continue to sponsor research, develop best practices, and offer assistance to youth transitioning out of the system to ensure they receive adequate support as they reach adulthood: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the House of Representatives honors the contributions of all public child welfare agencies, nonprofit organizations and private entities dedicated to finding homes for foster children and assisting foster families in securing their future success.

    While it is admirable of Bachmann to honor a group that does so much for some of the most needy children across the country, you also have to wonder if this represents more lip service than anything else. The same organizations Bachmann purports to honor would probably feel more honored if her voting record on children reflected her rhetoric.

    *American Academy of Pediatrics (supports the SCHIP Bill Bachmann voted NO on!)

    *Children's Defense Fund (supports the SCHIP Bill Bachmann voted NO on!)

    *Child Welfare League of America (supports the SCHIP Bill Bachmann voted NO on!)

    *Family Voices, Inc. (supports the SCHIP Bill Bachmann voted NO on!)

    *First Focus (supports the SCHIP Bill Bachmann voted NO on!)

    *In a letter, the undersigned organizations supported the legislation Bachmann voted NO on!

    Sincerely,

    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    American Association of People with Disabilities
    American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
    American Counseling Association
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
    American Group Psychotherapy Association
    American Mental Health Counselors Association
    American Psychological Association
    American Psychiatric Association
    American Public Health Association
    American Therapeutic Recreation Association
    Anxiety Disorders Association of America
    Association for the Advancement of Psychology
    Association of University Centers on Disability
    Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
    Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders
    Children’s Defense Fund
    Children’s Law Center (DC)
    Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles
    Clinical Social Work Association
    Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
    Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy and Action
    Foster Family-based Treatment Association
    Kidsave
    Mental Health America
    NAMI
    National American Council on Adoptable Children
    National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health
    National Association for Rural Mental Health
    National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
    National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems
    National Association of School Psychologists
    National Association of Social Workers
    National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
    National Health Law Program
    National Indian Child Welfare Association
    National Network for Youth
    National Respite Coalition
    Orphan Foundation of America
    Suicide Prevention Action Network USA
    Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.
    United Jewish Communities
    United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association


    *In a letter, the undersigned organizations supported the legislation Bachmann voted NO on!

    Sincerely,

    First Focus
    Alexandria, VA

    Alliance for Children and Families
    Washington, DC

    American Academy of Family Physicians
    Washington, DC

    American Academy of Nursing
    Washington, DC

    American Academy of Pediatrics
    Washington, DC

    Child and Family Policy Center
    Des Moines, IA

    Child Care, Inc.
    New York, NY

    Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
    Arlington, VA

    Children First for Oregon
    Portland, OR

    Children Now
    Oakland, CA

    Children's Action Alliance
    Phoenix, AZ

    Children's Alliance
    Seattle, WA

    Children’s Defense Fund
    Washington, DC

    Children's Defense Fund Minnesota
    St. Paul, MN

    Families USA
    Washington, DC

    Family Connection Center
    Clearfield, UT

    Family Promise – Salt Lake
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Family Voices
    Albuquerque, NM

    Foster Care Alumni of America
    Alexandria, VA

    Voices for America’s Children
    Washington, DC

    -This is just a few "public welfare agencies" in the nearly 24 page list!


    While I applaud your words Michele, perhaps next time you can support these organizations through your ACTIONS!
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