WHEREAS, The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is a national civil rights organization concerned with the welfare and human rights of all peoples, particularly those of Latino heritage; and

WHEREAS, LULAC exercises leadership locally through membership councils, Districts, State and National levels concerning education, health, leadership development of children and youth; and

WHEREAS, Increasing numbers of Latino children are requiring foster care; and

WHEREAS, the existing foster care system in the United States needs increasing numbers of Latino families to address that need; and

WHEREAS, Children that are both natural-born U.S. citizens or not, need a linguistically and culturally sensitive environment for continued relevant development, self-identity and education; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That LULAC as a national, state and local organization encourage its members to identify the need for linguistic and Latino-culturally relevant foster care in their local areas; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That LULAC designate a coordinating entity throughout the organization to coalesce with other groups and organizations to address the need for Latino foster parents, the placements of Latino children with Latino families; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this appointed body report their progress and recommendations on a quarterly schedule that the District, State and national conventions of LULAC consider proposed actions at all levels as quickly as possible so as not to lose any future generations to discriminate and abuse.

Approved this on the 14th day of July 2007.

Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President

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