Many of you know my wife and I are foster parents, which has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives, but when we became foster parents we discovered a terrible injustice. State payments to support foster children in Hawaii have been frozen for 22 YEARS.
Nobody meant for this to happen. It happened because there is never enough money to go around, and foster parents and foster kids have no voice at the state Legislature. We urgently need YOU to be their voice.
On Tuesday, the Senate Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 59 to finally increase foster board payments in Hawaii. A link to the hearing notice is pasted below.
Please re-post this to spread the word, and please take a minute to call your legislator or submit a few paragraphs of testimony in support of SB 59. We will need all the help we can get.
The state must provide appropriate support for these kids until they can be placed in safe and loving homes. The state needs to fix this.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me.
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- New advisory group hopes to improve state’s foster care (dispatch.com)
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