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The Mockingbird Society praises new waiver

The federal Title IV-E Waiver award will allow federal funds to be used for innovative policies and programs

This week the Department of Health and Human Services announced that Washington state would be one of the nine states receiving a federal waiver for child welfare funds, paving the way for Washington to implement effective policies aimed at keeping families intact and healthy.

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Rep. Ross Hunter touts youth proposals

Washington State Representative Ross Hunter (D-48) touts the power of the Mockingbird Youth Network's policy proposals at the 2012 Foster Youth and Alumni Leadership Summit in his official blog. Representative Hunter is the Chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee and plays a lead role in drafting and negotiating Washington state's budget. In this piece Rep. Hunter writes, "These young people make incredibly powerful presentations that get right at the heart of how to make our foster care system actually work for the kids instead of the adults." 

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“Don’t Defang the Watchdog” Seattle Times Op-Ed by Jim Theofelis

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On March 12th, the Seattle Times featured an Op-Ed by The Mockingbird Society's Executive Director Jim Theofelis. Jim discusses the importance of the Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman as a watchdog of Washington state's child welfare system and why its funding should be protected. Click here to read the article.

Extended Foster Care Passes the House!

On Youth Advocacy Day, over 250 youth were on hand to witness HB 2592 – Extended Foster Care pass the House of Representatives by a final vote of 88-9!

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