CURRENT ISSUES AFFECTING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Let the people who make the decisions about policies and resources that affect children and families know you stand for healthier families and children. Here are a few ways you can make your voice heard for children and families:

Proposed Policies Could Cut Foster Care Funding

Newly proposed policies would allow faith-based foster care providers to discriminate against children and families based on their religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure or martial status. With a shortage of foster and adoptive homes, discriminating against willing and fully qualified families because of religious differences deprives vulnerable children of safe and loving homes.

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Two-Generation Strategy Fights Poverty and Opioid Abuse

States are enacting 2Gen policies that have systems and funding working together to support the whole family and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Meanwhile, Congress has been working to put solutions in place to help communities respond to the opioid crisis. The foundational inclusion of parental voices and focus on equity in these efforts have been successful, but more needs to be done.

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Family First Act Opens Opportunities for Supportive Housing

Supportive housing initiatives help stabilize families so they can provide safe and healthy environments for children. This improves education, employment and health care outcomes. With the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act, states will have the flexibility to use federal funds for expanding and enhancing time-limited prevention services such as home visitation, supportive housing, etc. 

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Work Requirements Will Affect Vulnerable Families

Three newly proposed policy changes surrounding stricter work requirements are posted to have a negative affect on vulnerable families in Kansas and Missouri. If all three are passed into law, more than a million children will be affected by a loss of basic health care, inadequate food and higher rent on the poorest tenants in federally subsidized housing.

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Opioid Abuse is Sending Children Into Foster Care

Foster care caseloads have been steadily increasing for years, which correlates with the percentage of children removed from their homes due to parental abuse of drugs during the same period. Congress recently approved $6 billion in federal resources to fight the opioid crisis; however, it is unclear how those resources will be used.

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Trauma-Informed Care Act Helps Youth Overcome Adversity

Trauma affects a child's brain development, their emotional and educational challenges endanger their potential as a productive adult and they are at a higher risk for major health issues. A new Act seeks to address these issues by identifying those who have experienced trauma and providing immediate support.

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Human Trafficking Laws Need Support

Human trafficking takes many forms, oftentimes right under our noses. It is a $9.8 billion dollar industry in the United States alone, and an estimated 20 to 27 million people are trafficked worldwide for either labor or sex. Growing awareness has led to evolving support of victims across the country, yet more is needed to protect the innocent and new bills are sitting in front of our legislators right now.

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