Our PTA Legislative Director, Sherry Krainick, was in Olympia on Wednesday, and took time out of her meeting schedule to swing by the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee to share our support for Senate Bill 5740 by Senator Joe Fain would expand services for foster children who age out of foster care at age 18.
The WSPTA went on record last year, working with the Mockingbird Society to help pass the first round of legislation concerning this issue. The other major foster care bill, HB 1999, is also supported by the Association. That bill, offered by Rep. Carlyle, would move coordination of educational programs from DSHS to OSPI and the Student Achievement Council. It also sets up a demonstration program to improve foster youth outcomes.
Both bills are moving forward in the legislative process and have bipartisan support. If you want to help advocate for these programs - click on the bill links to "comment" on the bills with your legislators!