Legislative Updates
  • 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 here.

     

  • 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 join us.

 

  • ITEM: The 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.