Comprehensive Bill to Improve Lives of Alaska Foster Youth and Families Passes with Strong Bipartisan Support

Juneau – Yesterday, the Alaska Legislature passed comprehensive legislation sponsored by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) to improve Alaska’s foster care system. House Bill 151 establishes new training and workload standards for caseworkers in the Office of Children’s Services. Lower caseload levels are widely recognized to lead to better health and outcomes for children and families. HB 151 has broad support from children’s advocacy groups and adopts major, comprehensive national best practice standards. The bill passed the Alaska State Senate Wednesday by a unanimous 18-0 vote. The bill was co-sponsored by 18 members of the Senate.

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Rep. Gara’s February 28th Newsletter: Meet Over Pizza Saturday? And Budget Testimony; Saturday Anchorage Caucus

Rep. Gara Newsletter

Senator Tom Begich and I are continuing the tradition started by our great former Senator, Johnny Ellis – a pizza and district constituent meeting this Saturday. We hope you can make it at Noon, at the Fairview Rec. Center (1121 E 10th Ave). We’ll listen to your thoughts, and talk about what we and other legislators are working on. If that’s not interesting enough, we’ll bring what we think is some of the best pizza in the city. Eighteen pizza pies to make sure we have enough.

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