Update: Thanks to you, Congress has approved the funding!
Thanks to you, and the representatives and senators you contacted, the Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payment Fund was included in the omnibus bill that passed Friday, March 23, 2018.
We are especially thankful to Senator Blunt, whose leadership on this issue was paramount in providing help for abused and neglected children in need of loving, stable forever homes. Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of foster and adopted children!
Help! Funding withheld from kids in foster care.
This money—called “Adoption Incentive Funds”—supports crucial programs that get kids with special needs out of foster care, such as 30 Days to Family®, Extreme Recruitment®, and more.
Help kids by asking your senators to get the federal government to authorize a one-time payment of $50 million to keep these programs going. Since 2016, the federal government has fallen behind in paying money to states. If they don’t get caught up, kids will lose their chance for a family.
Every child deserves a place to call home, but it’s going to take YOUR help.
It’s quick and easy. See below to learn how to contact the Missouri and Kansas senators. We must let them know how much we care about giving kids a family!
Please contact your senators today!
Sen. Blunt can be reached at (202) 224-5721.
Sen. McCaskill can be reached at (202) 224-6154.
Sen. Roberts can be reached at (202) 224-4774.
Sen. Moran can be reached at (202) 224-6521.
Or email right now by clicking the button below:
The following is suggested text for the body of your email, or talking points for your conversation or voicemail:
I am writing to request a one-time appropriation of $50 million in additional funding for the Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payment fund.
The Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments program recognizes and rewards states for improved performance in ensuring children and youth leave foster care to permanent adoptive and guardianship families. The program, created by the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 and reauthorized a few weeks ago, currently has a significant funding shortfall. In the past, Congress often made up for such funding shortfalls with supplemental funding.
A one-time appropriation of $50 million is now needed to ensure the program’s stability and success. Due to the inability to fully pay the states funds earned, there is a potential loss of post-adoption/guardianship services. These services are critical to ensure success for our children who leave foster care to adoption or guardianship, allowing them to reach their full potential.
This year, Congress needs to make up for the $50 million shortfall as well as fund the annual $38 million appropriation for potential awards to be announced in September 2018. I strongly urge you to take action to address the shortfall and cover future awards, so our children can achieve permanency and so adoptive/guardianship families have the support they need.