Bill Announced to Combat Sex Trafficking and Improve Foster Care
By Adam Parker on February 18th, 2014
A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives was announced this past week that will prevent sex trafficking and require states to take steps to improve how foster care addresses sex trafficking (Click here to read the full text of the bill). The sponsor of this bill is Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8] and has 16 co-sponsors.
This bill will:
- Identify victims of child sex trafficking and determine appropriate services for the child.
- Improve data on child sex trafficking and services provided to victims.
- Ensure youth in foster care can lead more normal lives as a way of preventing sex trafficking.
- Ensure states do more to quickly move kids out of foster care and into loving families.
- Ensure youth in foster care are better prepared for a successful adulthood.
The only thing I wish we could add to this bill is it addressing the prevention of kids entering foster care in the first place by creating opportunities for more faith-based and community initiatives to help with prevention and family preservation. However, all-in-all this is a bill I fully support, it will require funding, but includes measures to offset budgets so there is zero affect on the defecit and encourage you to get active with your congressmen and get this bill passed.
Please pray for and contact your representatives in Congress and ask him/her to support H.R. 4058. Click here to find your Representative.
Click here to give to Orphan Justice Center’s efforts to combat sex trafficking and prevent children from entering foster care.