Proposed foster parent support bill is one step closer to passing, but we still need your help.
Thanks to your letters and testimony, we are one step closer to passing HB 18-1348 and providing more supports for foster parents. Contact your legislator and ask them to VOTE YES on HB 18-1348.
Yesterday, foster, kinship and adoptive parents and community stakeholders shared powerful testimony about what it takes to care for children and youth in foster care, and how access to child care assistance and more background information will help parents foster longer and improve the care and services children receive.
Thanks to you, we are one step closer to passing HB 18-1348, but we aren’t done yet.
Here’s how you can help.
Now that the bill has passed out of committee, the bill will be voted on by the House as a whole. Contact your legislator and ask them to VOTE YES on HB 18-1348. Learn how to find your legislators’ contact information and tips to contact them below.
There will also be another opportunity to testify before the Colorado Senate Committee. Check your email and the Colorado Foster Care Facebook page for information about the date, time and location testimony will be heard again.
You can also share your support and get updates on this bill on social media with the #SupportCOfosterparents #COleg.
How to contact your representatives
Use this website to find your representative. When you contact your legislator remember the following:
- Tell them you are a constituent; legislators pay attention to those who put them – and keep them – in office. If you are a current or former foster or kinship parent, please tell your legislator.
- Communicate aspects important to you in your own words; legislators prefer not to receive standardized emails and/or calls.
- Let them know that foster parents provide a critical service as caretakers for young people who have experienced abuse and neglect.
- Child care assistance is critical for foster parents.
- Children need to be placed with foster families who are properly informed about the child's background and who are provided the proper supports.
- Ask them to please vote YES on HB18-1348 to ensure our foster families and youth have the support they need.
- Include something specific to your and/or your district is helpful (A personal story, something you saw/heard, why this matters and is especially important to you, etc.).
General Outline for an Email
Dear Representative ________,
My name is _______ and I am writing you today to strongly encourage you to vote YES on House Bill 18-1348. This bill provides greater support to children and families in the foster care system.
House Bill 18-1348 outlines the information that foster parents need to know about the children in their homes to ensure the right level of care is being provided for those kids. It also prioritizes foster families for child care assistance. Most Colorado foster parents work, so they rely on child care. Currently, the average reimbursement rate for foster parents of children under 10 years old is only $12.55 a day, which isn’t enough to cover the cost of child care.
We need to do better for our foster families. As one of your constituents, I ask you to please vote in support of House Bill 18-1348.
(sign your name)