Support the Family-Based Care Services Act of 2017

Our nation’s foster children are among our most vulnerable. Nearly 80 percent of the 400,000 youth in the child welfare system have diagnosable mental disorders, and 40,000 children served by private foster care agencies struggle with the most serious mental
and emotional disturbances, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), oppositional defiance disorder, and major clinical depression. Foster children struggling with mental disorders often experience multiple out-of-home placements and typically receive
care in high cost residential treatment centers. Further, these children are often given psychotropic medications instead of receiving clinical therapy.

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Support the Family-Based Care Services Act of 2017

Our nation’s foster children are among our most vulnerable. Nearly 80 percent of the 400,000 youth in the child welfare system have diagnosable mental disorders, and 40,000 children served by private foster care agencies struggle with the most serious mental
and emotional disturbances, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), oppositional defiance disorder, and major clinical depression. Foster children struggling with mental disorders often experience multiple out-of-home placements and typically receive
care in high cost residential treatment centers. Further, these children are often given psychotropic medications instead of receiving clinical therapy.

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Become an Original Co-sponsor: Resolution Supporting the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

At least 9 million Americans identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and in recent years, the United States has made great strides towards providing equal treatment for all, including members of the LGBT community.  However, for many people
who identify as LGBT, community environments such as schools, health care facilities, and the workplace are still unsafe and unwelcoming spaces. Worldwide, some 2.8 billion people live in countries that criminalize same-sex acts.

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Sign on to H. Res. 69 to Support Awareness and Funding for Most Deadly Childhood Cancers (v. 2)

May 17 is National Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day. We have introduced H. Res. 69, a bipartisan resolution which advocates for the official designation of National DIPG Awareness Day and supports increased research into this deadly
disease that only effects children and has a 100% mortality rate. As we near the 17th, we encourage you to join us in supporting National DIPG Awareness Day by cosponsoring H. Res. 69.

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Be an Original Cosponsor of the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act

No family is immune from domestic violence. In 2008, my own family lived through the loss of my cousin Cathy at the hands of her estranged boyfriend. It is our responsibility to ensure that we are doing everything in our power to safeguard our mothers, daughters,
and families from the horrors of domestic violence[1]. When we discover gaps in the system that affect our most vulnerable citizens, it is our moral responsibility to take the necessary steps to close those gaps.

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THIS WEEK: Protecting Babies in the 21st Century

Children who experience chronic, severe stress may be biologically and psychologically less able to adapt and cope with new stresses when they occur, contrary to the idea that regular stress toughens people and increases their resiliency. Many young children
live with stress of this kind. 

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Briefing: Protecting Babies in the 21st Century (v. 2)

Children who experience chronic, severe stress may be biologically and psychologically less able to adapt and cope with new stresses when they occur, contrary to the idea that regular stress toughens people and increases their resiliency. Many young children
live with stress of this kind. 

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Cosponsor Bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!

Please join us in cosponsoring the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). Women are an indispensable part of today’s workforce. They make up nearly half of the labor force, and three-quarters of women entering the workforce will be pregnant and
employed at some point in their careers. Yet too often pregnant women are forced to quit or take unpaid leave when they request a simple accommodation – an extra bathroom break or a stool – that will allow them to stay on the job with minimal disruption. No
woman should have to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a paycheck.

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Cosponsor Legislation to Recognize the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day in Honor of Veterans and Service Members (v. 2)

Later this month, our country will celebrate Memorial Day in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  In the spirit of honoring our veterans and service members, please    cosponsor legislation to recognize each Friday before
Memorial Day as National Poppy Day, a day that encourages all Americans to wear a red poppy as a symbol to honor those heroes, current and past, who served our nation in uniform and to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. National Poppy Day
is supported by the American Legion.

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