: House Children and Youth Committee Chairman Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) and Vice Chairman Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) will host a news conference to discuss legislation that would improve Pennsylvania’s foster care system. Boback’s measure, House Bill 856
, would reinstate the extension of permanent legal custodian and adoption assistance subsidies. Toohil’s proposal, House Bill 1326
, would create a program to help foster care youth with obtaining driver’s education, training and costs associated with maintaining an auto insurance policy. House Bill 1276
, sponsored by Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin), would create a program to assist foster care youth with the challenges of accessing higher educational opportunities.
The news conference will follow a public hearing conducted by the committee regarding older foster youth permanency and the transitioning out of foster care. The House of Representatives is also expected to adopt a resolution sponsored by Toohil designating May as Foster Care Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.
: Boback; Toohil; House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster); other legislators; Jenny Pokempner, Juvenile Law Center senior attorney; Rachael Miller, Pennsylvania Partnership for Children child welfare policy director; and young people in foster care.
WHEN AND WHERE
: Tuesday, May 14, between 11:30 and noon, East Wing Rotunda, Main Capitol. The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 60, East Wing.
: Barring any technical difficulties, the news conference will be carried live on Facebook.com/RepToohil
. The committee hearing will be carried live on pahousegop.com
Media contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office, 717.260.6136
Rep. Boback media contact: Scott Little, 717.260.6137, firstname.lastname@example.org