The proposal would ban Philly from storing social security funds for foster children Friday Morning Coffee
The proposal would ban Philly from storing social security funds for foster children  Friday Morning Coffee

The proposal would ban Philly from storing social security funds for foster children Friday Morning Coffee

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A new proposal, sponsored by Philadelphia City Councilor Helen Gymaims to put an end to the city’s habit of taking millions of dollars in money intended for foster children and using them to strengthen its bottom line.

The bill “addresses a clear injustice. These benefits belong to young people in our care system, and today Philadelphia is taking a bold step in leading change that must follow at the state and federal level.” Gym said in a statement.

“With this legislation, we can ensure that every child in our city’s care system has all the resources they owe them – especially to guarantee the smoothest possible transition as they age to independence,” Gym said.

The legislation is coming in response to a study by Philadelphia Inquirer, as reported Tuesday to Gym planned to unveil her proposal this week.

The newspaper first reported in December last year that between 2016 and 2020, the city had transferred about $ 5 million in Social Security payments intended for foster children to its general fund.

The revelations shocked foster parents who had scraped to support their young accusers and who were largely unaware that the money was available to them.

In his statement on Thursday, Gym said she was convinced the proposal would “change lives and empower these young people with the resources they rightly deserve.”

Philadelphia is not alone in this horrible practice. According to Askspractices are under increasing attention around the country.

Maryland passed its own law that required, among other things, that “nursing youth or their attorney receive notice … allowing them to claim the money. The law also requires increasing amounts of their Social Security money to be set aside for [foster children] when they approach 18 years of age, ”it Asks reported.

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Advocates for children and young people welcomed the legislation.

“It is completely unacceptable to ask children in foster care to pay for their own care,” Laurie Dowthat Vulnerable youth policy director on Children first said in a statement.

“The fact that the city is discarding social security payments for foster children is an outrage,” Dow went on. “These funds can and must be available to these children to meet needs that cannot be met by their foster parents or are available to them when they are no longer in a foster family. The Council should act immediately to stop this gross injustice. “

Marcía Hopkinsfrom Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Centersaid returning the money to where it belongs is key, “especially when we annually see the challenges and the number of young people aging outside foster families facing housing insecurity, these funds can be the crucial difference for young people who leads to a successful transition to adulthood. “

And while “most children involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems face increased barriers to success and well-being, we know that some children face even greater financial and emotional burdens from their own disability or the death of a parent.” Frank P. Cervonethe CEO of Support center for child advocatessaid.

The payments “give a little bit of hope. What we can all agree on is that a young person coming out of care is going to need that money a lot more tomorrow than the government has today.” Cervone went on. “You do not just take from their present when you take the money you take from their future. Under no circumstances should the government take money from children.”

Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller.)

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