Bass, who founded the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, has been traveling the country discussing foster care issues. She met with officials in Florida last March.
The congresswoman said the group is trying to capitalize on bipartisan support for foster care issues and has centered on education, noting that 50 percent of the nation's more than 400,000 foster kids won't graduate from high school. Nearly 94 percent of those who do make it through high school do not finish college, according to a 2010 study from Chapin Hall, the University of Chicago's research arm.
Advocates say it's been difficult to coordinate policies and data sharing among multiple government agencies.
Last fall, federal child welfare officials sent a letter advising state officials of a 2008 law that requires the children to remain at the same school after they are placed in a new foster home. It is routinely ignored by state and local officials who say it's impractical and too expensive.