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May 24, 2006

Pryce: Foster Care and Adoptive Children Need Permanent, Loving Homes

House passes measure to expedite placement of children into homes across state lines

Washington, DC -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass H.R. 5403, the Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act. Congresswoman Deborah Pryce (R-Upper Arlington) delivered the following statement in support of the bill on the House floor.

"Mr. Speaker, replacing a void in a child’s or parent’s life and filling it with love and laughter is one of the most wonderful gifts in the world. As an adoptive mother, I know this joy first hand, and I believe it is our duty as legislators to work with adoption and foster care advocates to break down barriers to bring more children and families together.

Today, we have an opportunity to knock down a barrier to improve the lives of foster children across America. Right now, children are waiting as long as one year for their paperwork to go through before they can be placed with a family. This legislation will expedite the safe placement of foster and adoptive children into homes across state lines by instituting a 60 day deadline and giving financial incentives for states to process the paperwork more quickly.

Mr. Speaker, thousands of children are waiting to walk into the arms of a loving family and through the door of a permanent home. This legislation will move us closer to the day when every child feels the joy and love that families provide.

I urge my colleagues to support this legislation and I yield back the balance of my time."