In the News: South Bend Tribune: Walorski, Young bills aim to find foster kids homes faster

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Walorski, Young bills aim to find foster kids homes faster

By Jeff Parrott

Two members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have co-sponsored bills aimed at improving the country’s foster care placement system.

When child welfare officials want to move a child to a fostering or adoptive home in another state, voluminous paperwork exchanged between the states can bog the process down.

The Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act would authorize $5 million in federal grants to help states tie into a digital network, replacing the need to mail paperwork back and forth across state lines and helping foster care children find new homes faster.

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown is co-sponsoring the bill in the U.S. House, while Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., has signed on to a companion bill in the senate.

… The cloud-based electronic system reduced the time children had to wait for their new homes by 30 percent in the pilot states, according to a statement from Walorski’s office.

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