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.
Today, KIDS COUNT in Washington releases a new report, “The State of Washington’s Children 2013: Good Data for a Strong Future.”
“The State of Washington’s Children 2013” describes how Washington’s children fare in education, health care, and basic needs. It also shares the perspectives of leaders in communities of color to help us understand what this data means for families all across the state.
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.
Cuando se aprueba un proyecto de ley, por lo general se escriben las regulaciones que detallan cómo se pondrán en práctica las diferentes partes de la ley. Usted no tiene que ser un experto en la materia para dar su opinión en esta parte del proceso. Usted solamente necesita saber dónde encontrar la información y cómo participar
Advocacy doesn't end when you win legislation!
When a bill is passed, usually regulations are written to spell out how the different parts of the law will be put into practice. You don’t have to be an expert to have a say in this part of the process. You just need to know where to find information and how to be involved.