Diane Black on Families & Children
Claire's Law: hearing loss screenings for every newborn
Governor Bredesen signed three pieces of legislation in a ceremonial bill signing today, including a bill that enacts Claire's Law (SB 3191/ HB 2743), co-sponsored by Sen Diane Black. Claire's Law requires hearing loss screenings for every newborn in
Tennessee unless the parents object on the grounds that the test would conflict with their religious tenets or practices.
"With Claire's Law, we are greatly improving early hearing detection and intervention in Tennessee,"
Bredesen said. "With these new measures in place for early detection, we will be able to better help children with hearing loss and to promote their healthy development."
Source: Gov. press release on Tennessee voting record SB3191/HB2743
, Jul 1, 2008
Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month.
Black signed Recognizing National Foster Care Month
RESOLUTION recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.
Source: H.Res.577/S.Res.442 14_HRes577 on May 8, 2014
- Whereas there are approximately 400,000 children living in foster care;
- Whereas foster care is intended to be a temporary placement, but children remain in the foster care system for an average of 2 years;
- Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
- encourages Congress to implement policy to minimize the number of children entering the foster care system, to improve the lives of children in the foster care system, and to maximize the number of children exiting foster care to the protection of safe, loving, and permanent families;
- acknowledges the unique needs of children in the foster-care system;
- recognizes foster youth throughout the US for their ongoing tenacity, courage, and resilience while facing life
- acknowledges the exceptional alumni of the foster-care system who serve as advocates and role models for youth who remain in care;
- honors the commitment and dedication of the individuals who work tirelessly to provide assistance and services to children in the foster-care system; and
- reaffirms the need to continue working to improve the outcomes of all children in the foster-care system through parts B and E of title IV of the Social Security Act and other programs designed to
- support vulnerable families;
- invest in prevention and reunification services;
- promote guardianship, adoption, and other permanent placement opportunities in cases where reunification is not in the best interests of the child;
- adequately serve those children brought into the foster-care system; and
- facilitate the successful transition into adulthood for children that 'age-out' of the foster-care system.
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