Moul Bill to Help Foster Children Find Family Becomes Law
7/10/2013

Impoverished children, the elderly and disabled also benefit

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) to aid in family finding for children in foster care, was signed into law today.

Moul, who is vice chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, said House Bill 1075 will help improve outcomes for displaced children who are in foster care or otherwise being served by county Children and Youth agencies by requiring county social service agencies or their contracted providers to conduct ongoing efforts to locate relatives of children.

“Some children grow up in institutions when there are loving family members who would take them in,” said Moul.  “My bill is about providing the best outcomes for children.  It is better for a child who has been removed from his or her home to be placed in the care of a loving relative, if possible.  The Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, which endorsed my legislation, said identifying extended family when a child is accepted for services helps agencies to avoid placing children in institutions or foster care. 

“My bill was used as the vehicle for the state Welfare Code in this year’s budget, which covers all state spending for programs to benefit impoverished children, the elderly and those with disabilities,” said Moul.  “House Bill 1075 will provide additional funding to reduce the backlog of people awaiting services for physical or intellectual disabilities, and it increases funding for autism intervention and services by 20 percent.  It provides additional funding to for the Department of Health to support bio-technology research and programs to support a number of diseases including Tourette syndrome.

“Under the bill, senior citizens will benefit from the $50 million in additional lottery funds for expanded home-and community-based services, and an additional $10 million for long-term care,” said Moul.  “Additional funding is also included domestic violence and rape crisis centers, and to reduce the waiting list for child care services.”

With the help of his House colleagues, Moul, who is adamantly opposed to Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania, successfully fought off attempts to amend his bill to include Medicaid expansion.

Moul remains hopeful that a companion bill to his family finding legislation will be considered this fall.  House Bill 1076 would offer family members of displaced children the opportunity to engage in family conferencing and planning sessions to chart a course for the care of the child.

Representative Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Donna Pinkham
717.260.6452
dpinkham@pahousegop.com
RepMoul.com
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