This page presents the views of the candidate Cindy Axne (D), running in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District in 2018 against incumbent candidate Rep. David Young (R). Both candidates were invited to respond to the coalition’s questions on six important federal child and family policy issues. All responses are printed without editing.
A thank you to the Axne campaign for responding to these important questions.
In 2017, 11,236 Iowa children were confirmed to have been abused or neglect, and 9,716 children were in foster care. Since the establishment of the Social Security Act in 1935, the federal government has partnered with states to develop child welfare services to prevent or respond to child abuse and neglect and to provide for the safety, permanence and well-being of children who are removed from home. Despite such attention, too many children enter and remain in foster care and do not have permanency in their lives. The current federal financing system provides much greater emphasis on placement than prevention. While the Families First Prevention Services Act allows for greater flexibility for child welfare spending, the current federal financing system still provides the vast majority of resources to responding to families in crisis and out of home placements than towards prevention.
What actions will you take to reduce the number of children who are subject to abuse and neglect, improve foster care, and ensure a promising future for those aging out of foster care?
It is government’s responsibility to look after its most vulnerable populations. That rings especially true for our children in the foster care system. In Congress I will work to make sure that our foster children are looked after, and that our providers have the funding they need to provide the best care possible.