Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) helped the House pass a series of bills to improve foster care programs for children nationwide, including reforms to help those affected by the nationwide opioid epidemic.

“These bipartisan measures will help better protect our nation’s most vulnerable,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Our nation has as many as 400,000 minors in our foster care system on any given day. The measures we passed today will help improve conditions for these children, give our system more tools to place foster children in safe homes, and provide support for families struggling from substance abuse.”

The legislation passed out of the House today includes:

1) H.R. 2847 - Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act;

2) H.R. 2866 - Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act;

3) H.R. 2742 - Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act;

4) H.R. 2834 - Partnership Grants to Strengthen Families Affected by Parental Substance Abuse Act;

5) H.R. 2857 - Supporting Families in Substance Abuse Treatment Act;