Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

The United States has made history by amending the Family First Prevention Services Act as the policy will not only improve the welfare of children, who are the future of the nation but also enhance unity among family members. The amendment on Title IV-B and Title IV-E of the social security act to child welfare policies will be of great significance to the public since it intends to improve children welfare programs countrywide by offering services to families who risk entering foster care. I expect the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide further directions on how to implement the Family First policy as soon as possible.

It is important to note that the manner and environment in which children grow up influences the character of the children in their adulthood. Children have a right to stay with their family members where they can receive special attention. When children grow in foster care families, they are likely to have traumatic experiences as a result of the restrictions put in place in foster care homes. Failure to control the number of children that grow in foster care will result in a generation with no values or skills to raise a family. By allowing reimbursement for substance abuse treatment, offering mental health services, and training parents on parenting skills, the law will help reduce the cases of children joining foster care. In the unavoidable situation of children entering foster care or those who are already in foster care, the bill aims to improve the well-being of the children by offering special needs and ensuring that they grow up in an environment with a family-like setting.

Furthermore, the policy of not reimbursing states which hold children in foster care for longer than the stipulated period should be viewed as motivation and not a punishment to the respective state authorities. Investing in the future of young people is the sure way of securing the future of the country.  The federal government should, therefore, observe strictness on the period within which a state is allowed to keep a child in foster care as it explores alternatives. 

References

KILLETT, S. (2018, November 8). Implement the Family First Prevention Services Act. New York Amsterdam News, p. 12.

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