Facing Foster Care Visits Juneau
 
Former foster youth came to visit the Capitol last week to advocate for improvements to Alaska foster care and to share their experiences with elected officials. As a foster parent myself, I am deeply invested in improving outcomes for children in our foster system, and I have introduced two bills this session relating to foster youth:
  • House Bill 320 would protect foster youth sibling relationships when they get adopted. What this bill does is when a foster youth is adopted, they become a legal stranger to their biological family. But this bill would exclude their sibling relationships, which means that after they're adopted, they are still legally brother and sister with their biological siblings.
  • House Bill 363  would require that foster youth placed in a psychiatric institution would get a timely hearing in front of a judge to ensure that they actually require that level of care. Currently, foster youth can be held in a psychiatric institution for up to 30 days without a hearing.

I interviewed several of the youth who visited with Facing Foster Care in Alaska for my podcast. As former foster youth themselves, these individuals can offer their insider's perspective to make Alaska's system better.

On this show, we hear from the most recent FFCA board president, Angel Gonzalez, Mateo Jaime, Kxlo Stone, and then three sisters, Anna Redmon, Sarah Lewis, and Abby Redmon.

NOTE: this episode contains discussions of child abuse, neglect, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, drug overdose, and death. If you are thinking of harming yourself, call 988. Someone is waiting for your call.
 
Anchorage Delegation Town Hall
 
There will be an Anchorage Delegation Town Hall this Saturday, March 9, at 2 PM. It will be held at Cuddy Hall at UAA. This is your opportunity to ask me questions about session or anything else on your mind - so please come.

The event will also be livestreamed through the link below!


Link to event
Mobile Home Town Hall
 
My office is hosting a town hall for mobile home residents and owners on March 14th at 5:30 on Zoom. Do you have housing questions that you would like answered? We will have an attorney online from the Fair Housing Project at Alaska Legal Services who will be able to help.
East Anchorage Book Club Podcast

Last week, I spoke with Keri Ladner, author of End Time Politics: From the Moral Majority to QAnonShe earned her doctorate in Divinity from the University of Edinburgh and much of her doctoral research focused on the theological roots of Jerry Falwell, the co-founder of the Moral Majority, and his associates like Anchorage's Jerry Prevo.
 
She exposes the racism, contempt for the poor, and false patriotism of Falwell and his followers, as well as his commitment to "Biblical capitalism," which led Falwell to call for the elimination of all social welfare programs, including public education.
House District 20 Community Council Meetings

University Area Community Council
March 6, 2024
7-9 PM

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84804536087

Russian Jack Community Council
March 13, 2024 
6:30 pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82732072693?pwd=SlJQbEtKT01iTUlBVkFrVG4zMGpFUT09

Campbell Park Community Council

March 21, 2024
7 PM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87088852421?pwd=RUtkTW5RUGpSSWdyQWZ3bGM0RlRZQT09
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