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VA Senate Democrats Speak in Support of SB 39; Landmark Bill for Virginia’s Foster Care System Advances Unanimously 

Majority Leader Surovell: "This bill is a crucial step in ensuring that the most vulnerable among us are cared for by those who know and love them best.”

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From the VA Senate Democratic Caucus:

Senate Democrats Speak in Support SB 39: A Landmark Bill for Virginia’s Foster Care System Advances Unanimously 

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services has reported and rereferred SB 39 to Senate Finance and Appropriations on a unanimous vote. This momentous bill, introduced by Senator Barbara Favola, aimed at reforming Virginia’s foster care system through the Kinship as Foster Care Prevention Program. The Senate Democratic Caucus has released the following statement in support of the measure.

Senator Barbara Favola stated, “SB 39 represents a transformative approach to foster care in Virginia. By emphasizing kinship placements, we’re not only enhancing the well-being of children in need but also fortifying family connections that are essential for their growth and stability. This bill is a testament to our commitment to the children of the Commonwealth.

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke stated, “Today, we stand united in our effort to reshape our foster care system. This is more than legislation; it’s a promise to our children that they will grow up in a nurturing, familiar environment. There is a level of trauma that children experience in being separated from their parents, this bill will empower families to stand in the gap for a child during a difficult time.”

Majority Leader Scott Surovell added, “The unanimous committee vote speaks volumes about our shared vision for a better foster care system. This bill is a crucial step in ensuring that the most vulnerable among us are cared for by those who know and love them best.”

This significant legislative action marks a commitment by Virginia’s lawmakers to enhance the lives of children in foster care, emphasizing the importance of family and community in their upbringing. Next, the bill will have a hearing in the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee.

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