Proposal to Reduce Number of Children in Foster Care Passes House

-- Peace bill promotes healthy families and cost savings –

Central Virginia- A measure, introduced by Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Mechanicsville), to require the Governor, working with the Department of Social Services and other appropriate executive branch agencies, to develop a plan to reduce the number of children in foster care by 25 percent by 2020 passed the House of Delegates today by a vote of 91-6.  The plan will increase the number of safe and permanent placements of children with families and promote healthy families and future positive outcomes for children in foster care.  The plan shall provide for the placement of children currently in foster care or children entering foster care in safe, appropriate, permanent living arrangements.

"Safely reducing the number of children in foster care by 25 percent by the year 2020 will produce a cost savings to taxpayers by employing strategies and practices that strengthen families and improve our child welfare system.  By not having the government raise our children, we will also see an increase in the well-being and self-sufficiency of Virginia's children.  Ensuring they have access to a quality education, employment and mental health services will also boost success stories," emphasized Delegate Peace. 

Delegate Christopher K. Peace was elected to his third term representing the 97th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. The District includes parts of Hanover, Caroline, King William, King and Queen, Henrico, Spotsylvania Counties and all of New Kent County.