Curbelo Bill to Help At-Risk Youth Adopted During Committee Mark-Up
“It’s important to provide our at-risk youth and juveniles an opportunity to succeed. Unfortunately, whether they are born into circumstances they can’t control or make misguided decisions that steer them off course, these kids often don’t know that they have options to build successful, fulfilling lives. Instead, they believe their only path forward is one of crime or delinquency that often puts them or others in harm’s way and sets them up for failure rather than success.
I’m proud to have introduced legislation with Ranking Member Scott to help those children understand that success is within their reach and there is a better way to achieve it. As part of House Republican’s “Better Way” Agenda, H.R. 5963 sets kids up for long-term success by giving state and local leaders the flexibility to better meet the specific needs of children in their communities—especially those who are most vulnerable. It prioritizes evidence-based strategies with proven track records to reduce juvenile delinquency. This bill also includes a number of measures to provide resources that will give policymakers, state and local leaders, and service providers a better understanding of how to best serve juveniles and implement the law.
These reforms will not only improve public safety and protect taxpayers, but just as importantly, they will help deliver positive outcomes for some of our nation’s most vulnerable kids. I’d like to thank Ranking Member Scott and our colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their help in advancing these important bipartisan reforms,” said Curbelo.
H.R. 5963 was reported unanimously out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on September 14, 2016. To watch Rep. Curbelo’s remarks, please click here.