Arizona State University EMPOWER program helps foster youth by providing them with a supportive relationship with an adult throughout their years in college. This program is a self-paced two year course that focuses on six modules which covers trauma, unique challenges for those in care, college application help, scholarships and filing for financial aid. Already over 200 students have enrolled in the first couple of weeks.
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is one of 12 recipients recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Services for its work to increase the number of foster children placed in permanent homes. Louisiana has transformed its approach to foster care and adoption by improving relationships among DCFS, foster caregivers and parents and increasing support systems, building new partnerships and gaining the commitment of stakeholders at every level. Due to this, the last three years has yielded record-breaking adoption numbers.
Ohio GOP Attorney General Dave Yost and Ohio Counties attorneys are battling over whether local governments can hold drug companies accountable for the harm addiction has caused nation wide. The first federal opioid trial is set to begin this month. Drug companies like Allergan are arguing that since it has agreed to give Cuyahoga and Summit counties $5 million, they should not be made to pay twice. Yost is requesting the 6th Circuit to rule that only the attorney general is the one who can speak on behalf of all Ohio residents, instead of individual counties.
CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.
Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.