Michele Bachmann on Families & Children
Republican Representative (MN-6); 2011 GOP frontrunner
Leading advocate for foster and adopted children
Michele and Marcus have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia. In addition, the Bachmann family has opened their home to 23 foster children, which has inspired
Michele to become one of Congress' leading advocates for foster and adopted children, earning her bipartisan praise for her efforts.
Source: 2012 Presidential campaign website, michelebachmann.com
, Dec 22, 2011
Foster care provider for girls with eating disorders
During the 90s, we began providing short-term foster care for girls with eating disorders. Marcus and I knew that this was the last stop for some of these girls before they finished school. We weren't trying to save the world; we were just trying to give
consistent care and love to some kids in need of a new start. That is, to show them a home where the dad comes home from work each day and kisses the mom. This is what it looks like when husband and wife cherish each other.
The girls moved in with us and became part of our family. Most stayed with us for about 2 years; the shortest stay was a few weeks, the longest over 3 years. We had as many as four girls at once, so that's four plus our five biological kids, making a
total of nine. Quite a crew!
Some of the foster kids asked if they could go to Christian schools, but state law required them to go to public school. I am proud to say that all of our foster kids graduated from high school.
Source: Core of Conviction, by Michele Bachmann, p.109-110
, Nov 21, 2011
Best results when family involved; worst with government
Q: [to Paul]: Your campaign put out a statement accusing Gov. Perry of trying to forcibly vaccinate 12-year-old girls against sexually transmitted diseases?
PAUL: Forcing 12-year-old girls to take an inoculation to prevent STDs, this is not good
medicine & it's not good social policy.
BACHMANN: Well, what I'm very concerned about is the issue of parental rights. I think when it comes to dealing with children, it's the parents who need to make that decision. It is wrong for government, whether
it's state or federal government, to impose on parents what they must do to inoculate their children. This is very serious, and I think that it's very important, again, that parents have the right. We have the best results when we have the private sector
and when we have the family involved. We have the worst results when the federal government gets involved, and especially by dictate to impose something like an inoculation on an innocent 12-year-old girl. I would certainly oppose that.
Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library
, Sep 7, 2011
Bible's "be submissive to husband" means mutual respect
Q: In 2006, when you were running for Congress, you described a moment in your life when your husband said you should study for a degree in tax law. You said you hated the idea. And then you explained, "But the Lord said, 'Be submissive.
Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.'" As president, would you be submissive to your husband?
A: Marcus and I will be married for 33 years this September 10th. I'm in love with him.
And what submission means to us, it means respect. I respect my husband. He's a wonderful, godly man, and a great father. And he respects me as his wife. That's how we operate our marriage. We respect each other. We love each other. And
I've been so grateful that we've been able to build a home together. We have five wonderful children and 23 foster children. We've built a business together and a life together And I'm very proud of him.
Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa
, Aug 11, 2011
Raised 23 foster kids, with her own kids,as "treatment home"
Mrs. Bachmann has offered few details about her foster children, and for privacy reasons their names have never been made public. Over time, Mrs. Bachmann's husband has said, their home grew so full that they expanded their kitchen. In choosing to leave
work, she said, "I finally realized my dream, which was to be mom of a big, happy family."
The Bachmanns were licensed by the state from 1992 to 2000 to handle up to three foster children at a time; the last child arrived in 1998. They began by offerin
short-term care for girls with eating disorders who were treated through a program at the University of Minnesota, said the CEO of the private agency that handled the placements. He said the Bachmann home was "technically considered a treatment home,"
which offered a higher level of reimbursement. Critics point out that the couple had not "raised" the children, as Mrs. Bachmann has said. But, the CEO said, "From our agency's perspective, I thought they did a very nice job."
Source: Sheryl Gay Stolberg in New York Times
, Jun 21, 2011
Mother of 5; foster parent of 23 children
I'm a former federal tax litigation attorney. I'm a businesswoman. We started our own successful company. I'm also a member of the US Congress. I'm a wife of 33 years. I've had five children, and we are the proud foster parents of 23 great children.
And it's a thrill to be here tonight in the "Live Free or Die" state.
I just want to make an announcement here for you. I filed today my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the US today. And I'll very soon be making my formal announcement
Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH
, Jun 13, 2011
Support traditional family life
My record of supporting traditional marriage, family life and children, including those yet born, is unambiguous. This will not change if elected to Congress.
Source: 2006 House campaign website, michelebachmann.com, “Issues”
, Nov 7, 2006
Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees.
Congressional Summary:Allows federal employees to substitute any available paid leave for any leave without pay available for either the: (1) birth of a child; or (2) placement of a child with the employee for either adoption or foster care. Makes available for any of the 12 weeks of leave an employee is entitled to for such purposes: (1) four administrative weeks of paid parental leave in connection with the birth or placement involved; and (2) any accumulated annual or sick leave.
Proponent's argument to vote Yes:
Rep. STEVE LYNCH (D, MA-9): This bill takes an important step toward improving the Federal Government's ability to recruit and retain a highly qualified workforce by providing paid parental leave to Federal and Congressional employees for the birth, adoption or placement of a child for foster care, which is a benefit that is extended to many in the private sector in other industrialized countries.
Opponent's argument to vote
No:Rep. DARRELL ISSA (R, CA-49): This bill sends the wrong message at the wrong time to working American taxpayers and families that are struggling in difficult times. Our economy is in crisis, and deficits are already soaring. This bill does not have one provision to say if you make $170,000 a year, why do we have to give you this benefit, because you have to choose between feeding your children and being with your children? Certainly not. There are no protections against, in fact, those who do not need this special benefit getting it. There are no safeguards at all. As a matter of fact, this bill envisions the $1 billion over 5 years, swelling to $4 billion over 10 years or more because, in fact, they believe it should be 8 weeks of special leave. Federal employees enjoy one of the highest levels of job security, without a doubt, anywhere in the United States. I would venture to say many of them the highest. More importantly, in good times and bad, they keep their jobs.
Reference: Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act;
; vote number 2009-H310
on Jun 4, 2009
Sponsored encouraging adoption of children in foster care.
Bachmann sponsored Resolution on National Adoption Month
RESOLUTION: Supporting the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children in foster care awaiting families, recognizing current programs and efforts designed to promote adoption, and encouraging people in the US to seek improved safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.
- Whereas there are 400,540 children in the foster care system in the US, approximately 104,000 of whom are waiting for families to adopt them;
- Whereas the number of youth who 'age out' of the foster care system by reaching adulthood without being placed in a permanent home has increased by more than 55% since 1999, and more than 27,000 foster youth 'aged out' of foster care during 2010;
- Whereas while 3 in 10 people in the United States have considered adoption, a majority of them have misconceptions about the process of adopting children from foster care and the children who are eligible for adoption;
Whereas 45% of people believe that children enter the foster care system because of juvenile delinquency, when in reality the vast majority of children in the foster care system were victims of neglect, abandonment, or abuse;
- Whereas 46% of people believe that foster care adoption is expensive, when in reality there is no substantial cost for adopting from foster care, and financial support in the form of an adoption assistance subsidy is available to adoptive families of eligible children adopted from foster care and continues after the adoption is finalized until the child is 18
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
Source: H.RES.809 12-HRes809 on Nov 15, 2012
- supports the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month;
- recognizes that every child in foster care deserves a permanent and loving family; and
- encourages the citizens of the United States to consider adoption of children in foster care who are waiting for a permanent, loving family.
Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month.
Bachmann signed Recognizing National Foster Care Month
RESOLUTION recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.
Source: H.Res.577/S.Res.442 14_HRes577 on May 8, 2014
- Whereas there are approximately 400,000 children living in foster care;
- Whereas foster care is intended to be a temporary placement, but children remain in the foster care system for an average of 2 years;
- Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
- encourages Congress to implement policy to minimize the number of children entering the foster care system, to improve the lives of children in the foster care system, and to maximize the number of children exiting foster care to the protection of safe, loving, and permanent families;
- acknowledges the unique needs of children in the foster-care system;
- recognizes foster youth throughout the US for their ongoing tenacity, courage, and resilience while facing life
- acknowledges the exceptional alumni of the foster-care system who serve as advocates and role models for youth who remain in care;
- honors the commitment and dedication of the individuals who work tirelessly to provide assistance and services to children in the foster-care system; and
- reaffirms the need to continue working to improve the outcomes of all children in the foster-care system through parts B and E of title IV of the Social Security Act and other programs designed to
- support vulnerable families;
- invest in prevention and reunification services;
- promote guardianship, adoption, and other permanent placement opportunities in cases where reunification is not in the best interests of the child;
- adequately serve those children brought into the foster-care system; and
- facilitate the successful transition into adulthood for children that 'age-out' of the foster-care system.
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