In November 2009, there were over 40,000 registered lobbyists in Washington, DC. Not one of these lobbyists was working without a bias for children in need of families. Unlike big industries with money, orphaned children do not have a voice on the Hill or a presence in DC. This is exactly the reason CCAI exists. We represent the needs of children by using our unique relationship with Congress to cut through the noise of many voices who seek federal policymakers’ ears to ensure that the needs of orphans and foster children are heard.
Yesterday, a member of our Advisory Board and longtime supporter of CCAI, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced a bill to use revenue from a new online gambling tax for foster care programs. McDermott’s bill will be a companion bill to a bill that will legalize online gambling. There are several other bills currently pending in Congress that address federal financing for foster care.
Just earlier this week, President Obama signed into law the health care legislation which includes an extension to the Adoption Tax Credit. The Adoption Tax credit was originally set to expire the end of 2010, however, this new provision increases the tax credit from $12,170 to $13,170 for adoptions occurring after January 2010, and extends the tax credit to the end of 2011. CCAI will be releasing a 411 Report on the history and future of Adoption Tax Credit next month to give more information on why it was introduced and how it is working. Be sure to check our website for this report.
Another hot item related to child welfare financing is President Obama’s proposed FY 2011 budget. CWLA published a report to analyze how Obama’s proposed budget will impact federal financing of child welfare programs and services.
CCAI continues to monitor legislation that will impact foster care and adoption, as well as provide education and resources to policy makers as they work to introduce and pass legislation that will affect vulnerable children around the world.