First Lady Melania Trump joined her husband, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office Wednesday for the signing of a new executive order that aims at strengthening the child welfare system nationwide, by seeking to improve the foster care and adoption programs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
For the signing, Melania donned a white sheath dress from Brandon Maxwell. The First Lady previously wore this dress in February when she was honored by Palm Beach Atlantic University with the 2020 Women of Distinction award at the 29th annual luncheon. From the pre-fall 2019 collection, the Cady sleeveless midi dress features a sheath silhouette, accent zip piping details on the neckline, and a skinny black trim belt on the waistline. It retailed for $1,895, but unfortunately, it is now sold out.
To complete her look, Melania teamed the white Brandon Maxwell dress with a pair of black patent leather So Kate Christian Louboutin.
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The new executive order, called Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children directs the Health and Human Services (HHS) to focus on three areas of reform — improving outcomes, protecting vulnerable youth lives as well as their well-being, and uplifting children and families to thrive.
It includes improving outcomes by creating a close partnerships between State agencies and public, private, faith-based, and community organizations” with the goal to develop a community-based, abuse-prevention and family support services. It also will drive transparency on key statutory child welfare requirements and guide States on how best to support high-quality legal representation for parents and children.
The order comes as adoption agencies and foster care systems across the nation are struggling with an array of problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Family court proceedings have closed down, causing delays in a child’s exit from foster care to return home, disrupting routine in-person visits for biological parents to visit their children placed in the system and a steady decrease of recruiting new prospective foster parents over fears of transmission from bringing new people into their homes. This prompted the Trump Administration to provide HHS with resources creating guidance and best practices or remote or virtual court hearings in child welfare cases and supporting caseworkers by allowing video conferencing for monthly visits.
Health and Human Services HHS reports that around 430,000 children are currently in the foster care system, with nearly 124,000 who have a plan for adoption but haven’t found a “forever family.”
The Executive order is pertinent to the mission and values of the First Lady’s Be Best initiative.
“Today’s Executive Order aims to strengthen America’s child welfare system through three key actions: improving partnerships, improving resources and improving oversight. “With more than 400,000 children in foster care, there is a critical need for these children to have safe, stable homes,” Melania said in a statement. “With more than 400,000 children in foster care, there is a critical need for these children to have safe, stable homes. It is my hope that this Executive Order will provide reforms, which directly improve the child welfare system and further establish this administration’s commitment to the health and safety of children throughout the country.”
Last month, Melania took part in the weekly conference call President Trump has conducted with governors and leaders of the 50 states, territories, and the city of Washington, DC on coronavirus briefing. She called on state leaders to “make sure that children are not overlooked” during this crisis and noted how “child welfare agencies charged with ensuring the physical safety and well-being of children around the country” have become a serious challenge. She asked governors in a call-to-action to designate child welfare staff as first responders so they have access to Personal Protective Equipment during a face-to-face intervention is needed to protect a child’s physical health.
Melania praised the order in a tweet, noting that the child welfare system “is responsible for creating safe & stable homes for more than 400,000 children.”