President Signs Executive Order on Foster Care

HHS to assist foster children adversely impacted by the pandemic.

Earlier this week, President Trump signed an executive order designed to safeguard children’s welfare in the foster care system. Goals include a stronger partnership between state and local organizations that care for foster children as well as increase oversight of child welfare entites receiving federal grants. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar and Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson of the Administration for Children and Families expressed their support for the president’s efforts to help children in the U.S.

“The president’s executive order lays out bold reforms for our work with states, communities, and faith-based partners to build a brighter future for American kids who are in foster care or in crisis,” stated Secretary Azar. Assistant Secretary Johnson said that this order should facilitate the care and processing of children’s cases, which has been severely hampered by the coronavirus shutdown.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act has allotted roughly six times the amount of aid to foster children than was provided under the CARES package passed in March. HHS has already been working in a bipartisan manner with governors in several states.The directive also advocates for foster children who are in need of adoption as well as supporting families so that children do not need to enter the foster care system in the first place. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president as he seeks to safeguard vulnerable populations at both ends of the age spectrum.
  • For HHS as they work to support the wellbeing of foster children and the families of those who need assistance.
  • For the children who need to be placed in families or need support as they age out of the system.

Sources: Fox News, The White House


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