ITEM: On November 1, 2008,
the FCJA Board of Directors met with guests invited, based on their
expertise, to tthe first session of an on-going foster care policy
think tank. Our theme, “Removing Obstacles to Permanency” reflects a
view that permanency is denied in most cases well beyond statutory
guidelines, which causes often irreversible damage and denies the
child due process. The final report is now available
ITEM: The biggest update is the
creation of the Foster Care Justice Alliance! From the
beginning, this fight for children's rights has only been possible
because of you. It has never been a solo effort. But I
realized that I needed to formally join with others to take this
advocacy to the next level. I hope you will
Foster Care Resolution has been passed out to over 2000 people.
It was passed by the 45th District and Skagit County Republican
Conventions, and presented at the Kitsap County Democrat Convention.
People of all political persuasions are becoming aware the foster
care is in crisis, and the rights of foster children are being
violated. You can sign it here.
ITEM: Check out the successes of
the 2008 Legislative Session. It is now
law that termination of parental rights (TPR) must be filed if the
child has been in foster care for 15 months. We also passed
measures to reform the courts, give foster children greater access
to the courts, and support foster families.