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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WASHI NGTON, DC 20515
March 26, 2009
The Honorable David R. Obey, Chai rman
The Honorable Jerry Lewis, Ranking Member
Committee on Appropriati ons
H-218, The Capitol
Washington, D. C. 20515
Dear Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Lewis:
I am requesti ng funding for a Family Visitation Center in fi scal year 2010.
The entity to receive fundi ng for this project is:
Alameda County Social Services
2000 San Pabl o Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
239 CANNON H OU'SE OFI'lCE IlulL.PING
IV ASliLNGTON, DC 20515
(202) 225-5065
39300 CiVIC CEf\;'TER ORNE, SU1Tll 220
FREMom. CA 94538
(510),19·1-1388

The funding would be used for establishing a family visitation center, the primary goal of which
is to reunite children with the birth parent , with an expected outcome of reducing the reentry
of families into the foster care system that successfully reunify. Typically, the various levels
of government (federal, state, and local) become the parents of last resort to foster children,
which is the most expensive and least efficient means of meeting the needs of abused and
neglected children. Therefore, the establishment of a family visitation center embraces the
concept of family and the rebuilding of families as the most cost-effective, nurturing and
viable way of addressing the needs of abused and neglected children ..
I certify that neither I nor my spouse has any financial interest in this project.
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