What They Are Saying: Child Welfare Executive Order

On June 24, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children below are just some of the responses.

 

  • Vice President Mike Pence Called The EO “Historic” And That It “Support[s] Our Goal Of Creating A Permanent & Safe Home For Every Child Waiting In Foster Care.” “Today, President @realDonaldTrump signed a historic child welfare executive order, bringing all adoption partners to the table, including faith-based organizations & houses of worship, to support our goal of creating a permanent & safe home for every child waiting in foster care.” (Vice President Mike Pence, Twitter Visit disclaimer page , 6/24/20) President Trump Retweeted Visit disclaimer page .
  • First Lady Melania Trump Stated That The EO Would “Provide Critical Improvements To Help Protect The Well-Being & Outcomes For Children In Foster Care.” “#BeBest is committed to supporting & advocating for our nation’s child welfare system. Today, I joined @POTUS for the signing of an Executive Order that will provide critical improvements to help protect the well-being & outcomes for children in foster care.” (Melania Trump, Twitter Visit disclaimer page , 6/24/20)
  • HHS Secretary Alex Azar Said This Executive Order “Lays Out Bold Reforms.” “President Trump’s executive order demonstrates how his administration has prioritized placing each of America’s foster kids with the loving, permanent family they deserve,’ said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. ‘Since the President took office, we have focused on promoting adoption unlike any previous administration, and we’ve begun to see results. The President’s executive order lays out bold reforms for our work with states, communities, and faith-based partners to build a brighter future for American kids who are in foster care or in crisis.” (Press Release, 6/24/20)
  • Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan Stated That HHS and ACF “Stand Ready To Support” And “Promote Loving Families And Independence For Every American.” “Child welfare leaders, gov’t leaders, and others involved should have the information they need to promote safety, permanency and well-being of children. @HHSgov and @ACFHHS stand ready to support this effort and promote loving families and independence for every American.” (Dep. Sec. Eric Hargan, Twitter Visit disclaimer page , 6/24/20)
  • Administration for Children and Families Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson Stated That The “Monument Action” Of The Executive Order Will “Support Vulnerable Children and Youth Nationwide.” “‘Our number one goal is to help our children and youth by making improvements to our child welfare system, and I’m incredibly grateful to President Trump for taking this monumental action today. These strong actions support vulnerable children and youth nationwide by advancing measures to reduce child abuse and neglect, encouraging family preservation, and strengthening adoption and other forms of permanency for America’s kids.’” (Press Release, 6/24/20)
  • Fox News Stated That The Executive Order Focuses On “Bolstering Partnerships Among State And Local Organizations” And “Providing Greater Oversight” On Federal Grant Recipients. “The order refocuses HHS' attention on bolstering partnerships among state and local organizations, as well as providing greater oversight of how those grant recipients spend federal money.” (Sam Dorman, Fox News Visit disclaimer page , 6/24/20)
  • The Associated Press: Trump Signs Order To Strengthen US Child Welfare System. (The Associated Press Visit disclaimer page , 6/24/20)
  • Owen Jensen, EWTN Correspondent: “White House launches initiative today under Exec. Order to improve lives of 400,000 plus kids currently in foster care, including working very closely with faith-based groups, recruiting more foster parents, and getting foster kids into permanent homes.” (Owen Jensen, Twitter Visit disclaimer page , 6/24/20)
  • Family Policy Alliance Thanked The President For His Executive Order That “Prioritiz[es] Children Still Waiting For Forever Homes.” “Thank you @POTUS for prioritizing children still waiting for forever homes & making it easier for them to find one! @realDonaldTrump's EO today includes partnerships with faith-based entities, who are well-positioned to help place these precious children in loving families!” (Family Policy Alliance, Twitter Visit disclaimer page , 6/24/20)
  • Bethany Christian Services Stated That The Executive Order “Underscores The Need For All Facets Of Our Nation To Work Better Together For The Sake Of Vulnerable Children.” “Bethany Christian Services, which provides social services in more than 30 states and more than a dozen countries, praised the order for its insistence that the federal government work together with community and faith-based organizations in an ‘all hands on deck’ approach.’ The group said Wednesday that the new order ‘underscores the need for all facets of our nation to work better together for the sake of vulnerable children: governments, states, nonprofit partners, faith communities, and families.’” (Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency Visit disclaimer page , 6/24/20)
  • Brooke Rollins, Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Acting Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Stated That The Executive Order Signaled President Trump’s Commitment To “Fight For All Americans,” Especially Children In The Foster Care System. BROOKE ROLLINS: “Today in just a few minutes we are going to be signing an Executive Order to strengthen our foster care system. When this President said he was going to fight for all Americans, but especially our forgotten Americans, he was talking about so many of those out in our communities, but maybe arguably the most forgotten Americans are those children in our foster care system. Today that changes.” (White House, Twitter, Visit disclaimer page 6/24/20)
  • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards Stated That His State Is “Grateful To President Trump And His Administration For Their Commitment To Strengthening And Improving America’s Foster Care System Through This Executive Order.” “Louisiana celebrated three straight years of record adoptions, and we have worked hard to find permanent homes for older youth, keep siblings together, and reunite the majority of our children with their birth families or relatives. I’m proud of the work we have done in Louisiana to build better lives for our most vulnerable children and provide support and resources to our foster children and parents across the state. We are grateful to President Trump and his administration for their commitment to strengthening and improving America’s foster care system through this executive order. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners at the federal level to set more adoption records in Louisiana and find permanent homes for our children.” (Governor John Bel Edwards, 6/24/20)
  • Ohio Governor Mike Dewine Stated That The EO “Supports And Enhances” Ohio’s Children Services System. “I applaud President Trump for his ongoing support for foster and adoptive children and families in Ohio and across the nation. We are committed to meaningful transformation in our children services system, which is why I launched a top-down review of children services last year. This executive order supports and enhances our efforts to ensure all of Ohio’s foster youth live up to their full potential. That is what our children services system should be about – the children.” (Governor Mike DeWine, 6/24/20)
  • New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu Said That The Partnership With The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services Was A “Key Element” In “Keeping Families Strong And Kids Safe At Home.” “‘Here in New Hampshire, we have made huge strides improving our child welfare system. Ensuring that all children find their forever families is one of our most important responsibilities, but we know that preventing children from entering state care in the first place – by keeping families strong and kids safe at home – is equally important. Our partnership with the United States Department of Health and Human Services on the Community Collaborations grant has been a key element of this effort.’” (Governor Chris Sununu, 6/24/20)
  • Bethany Christian Services Stated That The Executive Order “Underscores The Need For All Facets Of Our Nation To Work Better Together For The Sake Of Vulnerable Children.” “Bethany Christian Services, which provides social services in more than 30 states and more than a dozen countries, praised the order for its insistence that the federal government work together with community and faith-based organizations in an ‘all hands on deck’ approach.’ The group said Wednesday that the new order ‘underscores the need for all facets of our nation to work better together for the sake of vulnerable children: governments, states, nonprofit partners, faith communities, and families.’” (Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency Visit disclaimer page , 6/24/20)
  • Dr. Sharen Ford, Director Of Focus On The Family’s Foster Care And Adoption Program Wait No More, Stated That The Executive Order Highlights That “There Are Ministries And Faith-Based Organizations Ready To Work Alongside State And Local Government To Serve Children And Families.” “Dr. Sharen Ford, director of Focus on the Family’s Foster Care and Adoption Program Wait No More, said in a statement to The Daily Citizen, ‘President Trump’s executive order is highlighting an important issue, there are ministries and faith-based organizations ready to work alongside state and local government to serve children and their families. Collaboration is key. Every state needs more foster and adoptive families. Collaborating with faith based licensed child placement agencies to recruit families to become temporary caregivers or permanent families for children is essential. Additionally, there are churches that would gladly provide wrap around services to families fostering or adopting to ensure children have stability in their placements.’” (Brittany Raymer, The Daily Citizen Visit disclaimer page , 6/24/20)
  • Townhall: “This Executive Order Has Potential To Improve The Lives Of Children In Need, And Utilizes Federal Funding And Resources Effectively.” (Reagan McCarthy, Townhall Visit disclaimer page , 6/25/20)