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Bob Casey on Families & Children

Democratic Sr Senator (PA)

 


Help me find the true cost of assisted living

Casey issued a public call for families to share their experiences navigating the assisted living landscape with the Aging Committee. Unlike nursing homes, assisted living care is largely unregulated at the federal level. "It is long past time for Congress to reexamine this model and ensure that it's meeting our nation's needs," Casey said. Citing a recent survey that found 80% of adults would not be able to afford four years in an assisted living facility, Casey appealed directly to the public to share their experiences. "I want to hear from you about the true cost of assisted living," Casey said, and urged people to submit stories to aging.senate.gov/assistedlivingbills.

Estimates for the cost of care is important to learn more about, as it can be unpredictable at assisted living facilities. "The more assistance and care a resident needs, the more they pay," said Casey. "And in some cases residents and families don't know the total cost until they receive their monthly bill."

Source: Senate press release on 2024 Pennsylvania Senate race , Jan 26, 2024

Mandatory reporting of the pure evil of child abuse

Bob Casey first called for stronger federal standards for the mandatory reporting of child abuse in 2011, as a scandal raged at Pennsylvania State University about a former assistant football coach who had sexually assaulted children. That coach, Jerry Sandusky, is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years as another child sexual-abuse scandal has alarmed and angered Pennsylvania.

And Casey is still calling for responsibility, a week after a grand jury report linking 301 priests to allegations of sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children dating back to the 1940s. "The grand jury report was a chronicle of pure evil. Pure evil. There's no other way to say that," Casey said while standing with a group of child-protection advocates. "It was a catalog of crimes committed by adults who preyed on the powerless, children and young people who would have trusted a member of the clergy."

Casey also denounced the "decades of cover-up by powerful people who could have stopped the abuse."

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer on 2018 Pennsylvania Senate race , Aug 24, 2018

Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth.

Casey co-sponsored calling for a White House Conference on Children and Youth

The White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 Act - Directs the President to call a White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 to: (1) encourage improvements in each state and local child welfare system; and (2) develop recommendations for actions to implement express policy regarding federal, state, and local programs. The Congress finds the following:

  1. In 2005 there were over 3,000,000 reports of child abuse and neglect, and only 60% of the children from the substantiated reports received follow-up services and 20% were placed in foster care as a result of an investigation.
  2. Almost 500,000 children and youth were in foster care at the end of 2004 and nearly 800,000 spent at least some time in foster care throughout the year.
  3. There is an over-representation of certain populations, including Native Americans and African-Americans, in the child welfare system.
  4. The State courts make key decisions in the lives of children involved in the child welfare system, including decisions of whether children have been victims of child abuse, whether parental rights should be terminated, and whether children should be reunified with their families, adopted, or placed in other settings.
Source: Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 Act (S2771/HR5461) 08-S2771 on Mar 13, 2008

More funding & services for victims of domestic violence.

Casey co-sponsored Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Introduction by co-sponsor Sen. Kay Hagan (D,NC):
We have a serious responsibility to ensure that women and families are protected. The rates of violence and abuse in our country are astounding and totally unacceptable: domestic violence affects more than 12 million people each year. In my home state, 73 women and children are killed on average every year because of domestic violence.

Since 1994, the STOP Program has provided grants for services, training, officers, and prosecutors, and has transformed our criminal justice system and victim support services. And this bill includes the bipartisan SAFER Act, which helps fund audits of untested DNA evidence and reduces this backlog of rape kits. I ask you: What other victims in America have to identify the attacker before authorities will take action? None.Introduction by Sen. Chuck Grassley(R,IA):
I urge my Republican colleagues, as I will do, to support the motion to proceed. There has long been bipartisan support for the Violence Against Women Act. Too many women are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. There is overwhelming bipartisan support for 98% of what is contained in S. 47. [Since our negative vote last session], controversial provisions have been removed. The key stumbling block to enacting a bill at this time is the provision concerning Indian tribal courts. Negotiations are continuing, and compromises would allow the bill to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support. Introduction by Sen. Pat Leahy (D,VT):
Our bill will allow services to get to those in the LGBT community who have had trouble accessing services in the past. The rates of domestic and sexual violence in these communities are equal to or greater than those of the general population. We also have key improvements for immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Source: S.47/H.R.11 13-S0047 on Jan 22, 2013

Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month.

Casey 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_SRes442 on May 13, 2014

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