Provide a Safety Net for Youth in and Transitioning out of Care
Children’s Aid and the Fostering Youth Success Alliance have actively been supporting the needs of youth with a foster care background as they navigate the difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021 put in place safety nets for young people providing emergency funding for basic needs and allowing for more flexibility to remain in care. The initial wave of this relief aid will expire on September 30, 2021. Thousands of young people will age out of care and many will lose access to much-needed emergency funding. The Chafee Extension Bill, HR 5617, seeks to extend and expand this aid.
We are asking you to use your voice to urge your members of Congress to pass HR 5617 and ensure young people with a foster care background continue to have a safety net during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Take Action: Extended Pandemic Relief -- Provide a Safety Net for Youth in and Transitioning out of Care
Dear [Decision Maker],
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought up challenges for everyone. However, young people with a foster care background have been some of the hardest-hit individuals. These young people have been supported by the funding and increased flexibility provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The initial wave of this pandemic relief expires on September 30, 2021 as the pandemic still rages on. Thousands of young people will age out of care on October 1, 2021 and will also lose access to financial supports to help them meet their basic needs. Older youth in and transitioning out of foster care still need support. According to a survey conducted by New York State's Fostering Youth Success Alliance, 1 in 4 older youth have faced or have feared homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was especially true for young people who have transitioned out of foster care. The Chafee Extension bill, HR 5167, provides the needed financial and service support for these young people. The bill would provide an additional $400 million in Chafee funds to help youth pay for the vital resources and services that they need immediately and urgently. Additionally, it would place a moratorium on aging out and provide other critical provisions to support young people through the COVID pandemic. We urge you to support HR 5167 and provide the safety net that young people with a foster care background do not always have. Your immediate action is needed to ensure that thousands of young people maintain can continue to endure the challenges of this pandemic.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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