Reichert, Davis Introduce Bill to Increase Opportunities for Foster Youth
Washington, D.C.- Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA), Danny Davis (D-IL), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced H.R. 2060, the Improving Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act, which provides federal tax incentives to private sector employers who hire youth transitioning from the foster care system to independence.
The Improving Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act will make transition age foster youth categorically eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), an existing federal credit that provides incentives to businesses to hire employees from certain populations with specific employment challenges. In doing so, this bill will help encourage employers to hire and invest in our nation’s foster youth, starting them on a successful career path.
“We cannot eliminate all of the challenges faced by youth in foster care, but we can give them opportunities to help overcome those challenges,” said Rep. Reichert. “Helping youth find jobs and rewarding them when they do is a great way to help them become independent and give them hope for the future. Like all of our children, our youth in foster care deserve to have the opportunity to follow their dreams, and our bill gives them the independence to do just that.”
"The time of transition from foster care to independence is one of the most difficult and challenging and a job is a critical piece of making that leap: a place for building self respect and self confidence, a structure to learn to function as a part of a team, and an important opportunity to begin to expand their social network," said Rep. Davis. "Easing some of the barriers to the world of work may be one of the most effective means of empowering our foster youth to make that transformation successfully."