S. 3038: The Improved Adoption Incentives and Relative Guardianship
Support Act of 2008
Call Washington! Ask your Senators to vote NO to reauthorize the Adoption
Today, more than 513,000 children and young people are in the foster care
system - 87% of which should have never been removed from their home. Every
day apart from their own family feels like a lifetime to a child.
The Adoption Incentive Program has ripped countless thousands of children
from their parents arms and placed them in harms way, to live within the
uncertainty of the foster care system. Congress must act now, to protect
innocent children, The Adoption Incentive Program will expire on September
30, 2008 -- Let it!
The House voted unanimously to "improve" and reauthorize the Adoption
Incentive Program in late June. Don't let the Senate make the same mistake.
Please join us in urging the Senate to do the right thing and Vote No
on it's reauthorization. According to the
U.S. Senate website
a vote on S. 3038 is scheduled to take place at 10:00 am on September 10, 2008.
The Senate is scheduled to recess on Monday, August 4, 2008.
Senators on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the
nation's foster care system, will play a key role in promoting the well-being
families who love and care for their children.
Please call your senators -- especially if you are from one
of the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas,
Kentucky, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire,
New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Utah, Washington.
A free call-in line is open Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29: 1-888-686-8191.
Simply follow the prompts, enter your ZIP code, and you will be connected directly
to your Senator's office.
Urge the Senate to Vote NO to reauthorize and improve the
Adoption Incentive Program!
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colleagues, and networks and encourage others to take action today!
Improved Adoption Incentives and Relative Guardianship Support Act of 2008 -
Amends part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social
Security Act (SSA) to:
extend the adoption incentives program through FY 2013;
increase the incentive payment to a state for exceeding the highest ever foster child adoption rate;
increase incentive payments for special needs adoptions and older child adoptions;
revise requirements for the adoption assistance program to promote the adoption of children with special needs; and
give states the option to provide for relative guardianship assistance payments for children.