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iFoster Announces Employer Tax Bill for Foster Youth



iFoster is excited to announce the introduction of the Improved Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth (IEOFY) Act. Originally introduced in Sept, 2016, the bill will be re-introduced in the coming weeks by Rep. Reichert (R-Wash) in the House and Senator Casey (D-PA) in the Senate.


Creating employer incentives is key to growing employment opportunities for our most vulnerable youth. In an environment where the minimum wage is rising, tax credits up to $2,400 per eligible employee will make it more attractive to hire TAY in a range of positions across the country. When passed, this credit will enlist private employers as allies in improving outcomes for these youth while reducing their reliance on public benefits.


“The outcomes for transition age foster youth in this country are heartbreaking: nearly half are unemployed at age 24; half will spend time in a homeless shelter; and 70% will be reliant on government assistance after emancipating from foster care.  The federal government has both an economic and moral interest in improving this grim reality for foster youth. In 2008, Congress passed the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, which recognized the challenges faced by youth transitioning out of foster care by enabling them to continue to receive support services until they turn 21.  In authoring that bill my goal was not to extend dependency on the foster care system, but rather to use the additional time spent in extended foster care to help these youth become independent.  While extended foster care is providing a critical lifeline for thousands of youth across the country, more needs to be done to help these youth connect with career opportunities and attain self-sufficiency.” Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash)


“We care about our foster kids and want to give them every opportunity to reach their highest potential. This bill is part of that process. This proposal provides a simple adjustment that encourages businesses to hire these kids, which breaks a cycle of dependence, and often a lifetime of poverty. It’s only right that we do our part to stand with our foster kids as they mature into adulthood and enter the workforce. As a member of the Congressional Foster Care Caucus, we are proud to support this bill.” Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY)


 






1 Laptop per Foster Youth Coalition


iFoster has provided over 8,000 laptops nationwide to in college and college-bound foster youth. In California, iFoster has provided over 4,000 laptops and with the help of Professor Jeremy Goldbach from USC have conducted the largest study ever on the digital divide in foster care.


iFoster's 1 Laptop program has revealed that less than 5% of rural foster youth, and less than 21% of urban foster youth in California have access to computers - compared to 90% of all U.S. teens.


When provided with a laptop of their own, foster youth reported significant improvements in academic performance, better connection with their biological family and their support network, improved self-esteem and reduced depression and suicidality. (download report here)



Why do laptops matter? 

Listen to what our Foster Youth attending College without one have to say.


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Support the Tax Bill

Help Hire A Foster Youth!

1- Support the Improved Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth bill by emailing sean@ifoster.org

2- Work with iFoster to make hiring Foster Youth a priority for all Employers. If you are an Employer, click here to complete an "Interested Employer", if you are a Foster Youth serving agency, click here to complete an "Interested Agency" form.

Join the 1 Laptop Campaign

Help A Foster Youth Get A Laptop

1- Donate Funds! $250 provides a Foster Youth with a laptop, productivity software and life-time tech support

2- Donate Hardware, Software or Tech Support. Email reid@ifoster.org to learn more.

3- Spread the word! Foster Youth in the US have less access to technology than youth in Kenya, Nicaragua or Bangladesh! 

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