SOURCE: Aspiranet

May 06, 2008 10:07 ET

Aspiranet Continues Its Advocacy Opposing State Budget Cuts

Foster Care Month Provides Opportunity to Speak for Children

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Aspiranet, one of the largest private providers of foster care services in California, will continue to be a voice for foster care children and advocate against state budget cut recommendations. Throughout the month of May, hundreds of communities across California will be celebrating the loving, caring people who share in their dedication to helping foster children. "California has 20% of the nation's foster care population, this large number of children requires an even larger number of qualified, willing families and communities to care for them," said Vernon Brown, CEO of Aspiranet. "The proposed State Budget for 2008-2009 calls for a 10% cut across all state programs; mental health services, foster care, adoption, post-adoption, kinship placements, Medi-Cal, education, afterschool and others will be adversely effected by these cuts. Given that many of these programs are chronically underfunded, further cut backs will devastate the level of care for our children and families."

Aspiranet is also co-sponsoring the "California Capitol Kick-Off" on Tuesday, May 6, across the street from the state capitol building. This event brings together a broad collaborative of advocates and other professionals representing education, child welfare, the courts, and foster youth.

"Our collective voices are needed in California; just the other day we asked our foster care families to speak with their legislators before the meeting of State Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services to talk about their own personal experience and the expenses of raising a foster child," said Brown. "We can fulfill our duty to ensure that every child in our state has a healthy and safe upbringing by working together."

There are approximately 75,000 California children in our foster care system. Foster Care Month raises awareness of foster care programs in our state. Aspiranet recognizes the enduring and valuable contributions that caring and compassionate foster families make to the children of California.

Aspiranet has created a network of community-focused programming to raise hope and empower communities. Aspiranet provides temporary and permanent placement services to children in foster care, as well as specialized programs for children with developmental disabilities, therapeutic and mental health services to local communities. For more information, go to www.aspiranet.org.

Contact Information

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    Dennis Bush
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