From the desk of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois:
Take action today to be a champion for federal policy that will prevent harm to children
Write to United States Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk in Illinois (or to your own US Senators if you live outside Illinois) and urge them to co-sponsor The Family and Kinship Care Act, recently introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden and seven other members of the Finance Committee of the United States Senate.
A great way to contact Senators Durbin and Kirk is through their websites:
Select “Children’s Issues” from the drop-down menu of message topics and write your own personal note.
Select “Children/Adoption” from the drop-down menu of message subjects and write your own personal note.
Suggestions for your heartfelt note are to be brief, focused and polite. For example:
I urge you to co-sponsor The Family and Kinship Care Act recently introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden. Preventing harm to children and strengthening parents in distress are important to me. Through my own knowledge of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, I know that preventive services provided in the home and community to families in distress can help families heal and prosper and reduce harm that can be caused by separation of child and parents.
Why act on The Family and Kinship Care Act?
The bill will help distressed families stay together and prevent removal of children to foster care, where this can be done safely. The removal of a child to foster care is itself a traumatic event and should be avoided where possible. Providing preventive services to distressed families can prevent removal and unnecessary trauma. LCFS and many agencies like them have had success serving families in distress with services in the home and community, rather than removal to foster care. They have done this in a way that kept children safe while strengthening families. This bill will provide federal and state government more opportunities to fund preventive services.
For more information on how you can be an advocate for children and families, contact Dave Roth, Vice President – Church & Civic Engagement at Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.