All foster kids should be getting what they need to lead successful adult lives. Today, they aren’t.
Kids in foster care get moved from place to place. They miss classes in school. They don’t get the education support they need. The flaws in our state’s child welfare system fall more heavily on children of color. Clear evidence shows that children in African-American and Native-American families are no more likely than white kids to experience neglect or abuse. However, these kids end up in foster care at a higher rate than white kids and stay longer once they’re there. Overall, children and youth of color in the foster care system end up with worse outcomes in school and health than white kids. We aren’t serving kids equitably.
The Children’s Alliance campaigns for laws, program changes, and funding to reduce the unfair burden children of color bear when they end up in foster care. Our aim is to make sure that every foster child in the state’s care gets a fair shot at life.
A week after the state Senate, the state House of Representatives passed its budget on Friday, April 5. Negotiations between budget leaders in the House, the Senate and the Governor’s office have begun.
What are the key ingredients of a good state budget for kids?
Have you ever asked your state legislator to support a fair and balanced approach to the budget, including closing tax loopholes or new revenue, only to hear them say, “Sorry, my hands are tied”? Well, yesterday morning the Washington State Supreme Court untied their hands.
In a 6-3 vote, the Court ruled that a supermajority requirement – a two-thirds vote – to raise revenue or close tax loopholes is unconstitutional. This is good news for kids!
The court opinion states that the Supermajority requirement enabled a “tyranny of the minority” – referencing the fact that a minority of legislators - as few as 17 individuals in the Senate – could block legislation to close tax loopholes or raise revenue.
Please join us for a special media opportunity:
* Rally featuring Gov. Jay Inslee * Sign-waving marchers of all ages *
12:30-1 p.m., Wed., Jan. 30, Have a Heart for Kids Day on the Capitol Steps, Olympia. Click here for march details, a route map and more information.
(June 28, 2012) Release from Health Coalition for Children and Youth
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today preserving the Affordable Care Act clears the way for us to move forward with implementation of this historic law. Our state must take this opportunity and make the best possible choices for children and families to ensure that more Washingtonians have access to quality, affordable healthcare and coverage.
Read the full press release for our analysis and multiple media contacts.
Nuestra 2013 agenda legislativa piede que legisladores: