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THE ASK

Call Georgia's members of Congress and ask them to include adequate funding for child welfare in COVID-19 relief legislation.

THE DETAILS

  • There are approximately 11,500 children in the foster care system in Georgia.
  • Each year, approximately 700 youth are permitted to “age out” of foster care upon turning 18. As many as 25 percent of these youth may experience homelessness within the first year.
  • Normally, aging out youth can remain in care until the age of 21. During the pandemic, these youth may remain in care past 21 as long as the Public Health State of Emergency is in effect.
  • Extreme economic conditions resulting from COVID-19 have resulted in recent reductions to the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services budget by more than $ 41 million.

THE MESSAGE

Dear [insert congressional title and name],
 
Please be sure to include children in and transitioning out of foster care in the financial support provided by any upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. Specifically, please allocate $400 million for John H. Chafee Foster Care Programs for Youths Aging out of Foster Care; and increase the Chafee Education and Training Vouchers Program for training and postsecondary education from $5,000 to $12,000 per youth per year. In addition, we ask that a state match not be required to receive these funds or those that support various foster caregivers, like grandparents, foster parents, or residential childcaring institutions. Thank you for your service and your continued commitment to Georgia’s children and families.

THE HOW

Call or email your Senator and Representative:

Senator David Perdue
202-224-3521
Email Senator Perdue 

Senator Kelly Loeffler
202-224-3643
Email Senator Loeffler

Rep. Buddy Carter (District 1)
202-225-5831
Email Rep. Carter

Rep. Sanford Bishop, Jr. (District 2)
202-225-3631
Email Rep. Bishop

Rep. Drew Ferguson, IV (District 3)
202-225-5901
Email Rep. Ferguson

Rep. Henry Johnson, Jr. (District 4)
202-225-1605
Email Rep. Johnson

Rep. Lucy McBath (District 6)
202-225-4501
Email Rep. McBath

Rep. Rob Woodall (District 7)
202-225-4272
Email Rep. Woodall

Rep. Austin Scott (District 8)
202-225-6531
Email Rep. Scott

Rep. Doug Collins (District 9)
202-225-9893
Email Rep. Collins

Rep. Jody Hice (District 10)
202-225-4101
Email Rep. Hice

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (District 11)
202-225-2931
Email Rep. Loudermilk

Rep. Rick Allen (District 12)
202-225-2823
Email Rep. Allen

Rep. David Scott (District 13)
202-225-2939
Email Rep. Scott

Rep. Tom Graves (District 14)
202-225-5211
Email Rep. Graves
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