CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 391 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, May 5, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The bill was introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) on April 30, 2009, and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, which took no official action.
H.Res. 391 would express the sense that the House of Representatives:
According to the resolution's findings, more than 500,000 children in the U.S. receive care through the nation's foster care system. In 2007, 293,000 children entered the foster care system because they were not given proper care by their biological parents or guardians. On average, approximately 131,000 children, or 23 percent of all children in foster care at any given time, are seeking full time placement in adoptive homes. Though foster care is meant to be a temporary placement situation for children, on average, kids in foster care remain in the system for two years.