#IamMedicaidGA: Children in Foster Care

I am Medicaid GA - Children in Foster Care

All of the major faith traditions call for their members to protect children – especially the most vulnerable.  Sacred texts in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam command us to treat well the “fatherless” or “motherless” child; to take care of the “orphan;” and provide for the sick and the poor among us.

Did you know that in a given year, there are more than 12,000 children in foster care in Georgia?  Families who open their hearts to become foster families for children who have suffered abuse or neglect exemplify these sacred texts.  However, they do not always have the financial means to cover all of the child's needs on their own.

Medicaid plays an important role in the child welfare system by providing comprehensive health coverage to all children in foster care. This ensures that the amazing families who care for this vulnerable population of children can afford to take them to the doctor when needed without exhausting essential “daily living” resources.

Children in foster care often have critical health care needs as a result of traumatic childhood experiences. These needs could range from behavioral health to chronic conditions or developmental disabilities. Today, the Affordable Care Act requires that children in foster care are covered by Medicaid until the age of 26, so that they can grow to be thriving, healthy adults. Why would anyone want to change that?

The interfaith community plays an important role in speaking up on behalf of the needs of the children in Georgia. We must continue to put our faith in action and exemplify our respective sacred texts to protect our children from unnecessary harm and protect programs, like Medicaid, that provide the necessary support they need.

You can help to protect 12,000 of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens today. Call Senator Isakson at 202-224-3643 and ask him to protect foster children in Georgia by rejecting cuts to Medicaid and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Visit protectourcarega.org for more information and to take action!