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house Bill H.R. 2742

Do States Need an Electronic, Interstate System to Place Foster Children in Adoptive Homes?

Argument in favor

The federal government should encourage states to implement an electronic, interstate system for placing foster children that speeds up placement times while cutting administrative costs.

Amy's Opinion
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06/18/2017
This is a "yes but" vote. This process shaved 1.5 MONTHS off the time for kids to get a permanent placement. The focus seems to be on hpw much money the govt saves, not really on the children. So, I vote "yes" and suggest that the savings be re-invested into the children by establishing
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Katiri's Opinion
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06/18/2017
As someone who has filled out the ICPC paperwork to finalize an interstate adoption, this is a fantastic step in the right direction. There is a bigger problem that needs to be addressed with regards to incentivizing states to cooperate to accept children from outside their state lines to be placed with great adoptive matches, since there is a transition of cost. Living in the D.C. Metro area, I was shocked at how difficult it was to get a child from Alexandria to be adopted by a family in Bethesda. Having a smoother process in place can only help to shift the focus on to improving the entire system of interstate adoption.
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Rufus's Opinion
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06/18/2017
It's 2017, how is this not already a thing??
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Argument opposed

The existing process for placing foster children with adoptive families in another state is not too time consuming, and states shouldn’t have to adopt an interstate placement system.

Harreld's Opinion
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06/18/2017
Don't try to streamline processes until the process is in good shape to begin with. Children are not a "savings opportunity!"
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Ticktock's Opinion
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06/18/2017
States are already loosing children. Send them across state lines, No. The real question is how do we ensure their care and safety wherever they are located. The system that exist is under staffed, under trained and starved of funding. A computer is nothing but a tool and the systems run require maintenance. Does the adage, "garbage in garbage out" sound familiar? It's true. What the kids need are qualified people to do the job and funds to support the systems adequately. Then if you want to throw in better hardware and software OK. But this sounds just like a Republican solution, give a tax break to the rich, buy expensive equipment from a buddy for a kick back and hang the kids out to dry. Back in the mid 80s the government was looking to by computers and spend big dollars buying Wang computers. What a flop. Turned out that a Congressman had a relative that sold Wang computers, both got a bonus. Message, don't buy a new computer system unless it comes with lots more staff and funding.
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Rachel's Opinion
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06/18/2017
While their intentions seem to be good...I just can't trust the republicans
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed June 20th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Worker and Family Support
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMay 25th, 2017

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    This is a "yes but" vote. This process shaved 1.5 MONTHS off the time for kids to get a permanent placement. The focus seems to be on hpw much money the govt saves, not really on the children. So, I vote "yes" and suggest that the savings be re-invested into the children by establishing
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    Don't try to streamline processes until the process is in good shape to begin with. Children are not a "savings opportunity!"
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    As someone who has filled out the ICPC paperwork to finalize an interstate adoption, this is a fantastic step in the right direction. There is a bigger problem that needs to be addressed with regards to incentivizing states to cooperate to accept children from outside their state lines to be placed with great adoptive matches, since there is a transition of cost. Living in the D.C. Metro area, I was shocked at how difficult it was to get a child from Alexandria to be adopted by a family in Bethesda. Having a smoother process in place can only help to shift the focus on to improving the entire system of interstate adoption.
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    States are already loosing children. Send them across state lines, No. The real question is how do we ensure their care and safety wherever they are located. The system that exist is under staffed, under trained and starved of funding. A computer is nothing but a tool and the systems run require maintenance. Does the adage, "garbage in garbage out" sound familiar? It's true. What the kids need are qualified people to do the job and funds to support the systems adequately. Then if you want to throw in better hardware and software OK. But this sounds just like a Republican solution, give a tax break to the rich, buy expensive equipment from a buddy for a kick back and hang the kids out to dry. Back in the mid 80s the government was looking to by computers and spend big dollars buying Wang computers. What a flop. Turned out that a Congressman had a relative that sold Wang computers, both got a bonus. Message, don't buy a new computer system unless it comes with lots more staff and funding.
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    It's 2017, how is this not already a thing??
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    While their intentions seem to be good...I just can't trust the republicans
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    I admit that I don't fully comprehend what the ramifications of this may be, but I do support kids getting out of the system and into good foster homes, wherever those homes may be. Hopefully this isn't a wolf in sheep's clothing that harms those kids or penalizes any innocent party.
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    Children should stay as local as possible, unless their lives are in danger
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    First, this bill is sponsored by a republican. Therefore, in my opinion it is not good for the American people, nor for any common, non-wealthy citizen. Second, I agree the adoption/foster care system is 100% broken, but I fear this would be another way for children to get lost in the system, only instead of begin lost in one state's system they could be lost in 50 states. On average it takes the common people about 8 years to adoption a child in PA (if you are wealthy and can buy a baby/child the wait time is minimal). I can only imaging the wait time if the system was run by the feds. Children could potentially go from infancy to adulthood without ever having an opportunity to be adopted into a loving home. This bill seems like a good intention but the individual states need to fix their system before making it a national, federally run system.
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    We don't get any time to review this!? 1. Republicans want to privatize everything. 2. There seems to be a hefty fee to join this network. 3. Where is the transparency as to how this is working? The studies? Case studies? Debate? 4. This was tried in Indiana. How is Indiana doing? Last I heard, it was in shambles due to Mike Pence's "leadership." 5. What are their policies for or against discrimination against certain adoptive families? Our kids are too important to ship them off like shelter dogs. We need far more lead time to discuss this.
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    Yes, but we need to make sure that kids are being placed in the right homes and are safe.
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    Seems modern and progressive. That's a win in my book.
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    The focus of this bill is the placement of children. The sooner they can be put into better family and living arrangments the better.
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    I get tired repeating it but here goes again. The Congress has no authority regarding foster care. This is NOT a Federal power. The 10th Amendment forbids the Federal Government powers that are not enumerated in the Constitution. There is nothing about welfare or foster care in the Federal domain in the Constitution.
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    I cannot vote on this without much more detail and information. Children are too important to give an opinion without full knowledge!
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    If this helps find the right homes for foster kids quicker then of course we should do this. However, this should not be a way to save cost and unload kids quickly--this should be about finding the best opportunity and fit for each child.
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    Sorry but I see a chance for total corruption, kids to the highest bidder
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    There's growing concerns that children are being taken away from their families by state agencies. The parents have no recourse and are not given the right to face their accusers. The children are being abused while the government is payed. Foster care in some cases amounts to child abuse.
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    It always astonishes me how antiquated we are. Anything to speed up the process would be beneficial to these unfortunate children. Anyone who argues that the current time in placing these kids is not too consuming is not speaking in their best interest.
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    We need to focus our efforts on keeping children with their families, not getting them placed quickly and permanently with other homes.
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