Student Debt Relief for 3-10% of Former Foster Youth Who Graduate

NFYI higher education for foster youth

National Foster Youth Institute Reminds Communities to Support Former Foster Youth in Filling Out Student Debt Relief Application With just 3-10% of former foster youth obtaining a college degree with little to no support system, student debt is one of very few options available in pursuit of higher education, family-supporting jobs. WASHINGTON, DC — With […]

NFYI Member Talks to USA Today About Student Loan Forgiveness

What will student loan forgiveness mean for former foster youth? NFYI member Theron Ogedengbe told USA Today that he’s grateful for relief after taking out loans when “I didn’t have any parental forces around me, or anyone to tell me what I was signing up for.” Debt relief will change the lives of some with […]

NFYI’s Rebecca Louve Yao Discusses SCOTUS Dobbs Decision on MSNBC

Rebecca Louve Yao, executive director of the National Foster Youth Institute, joined MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin to talk about how the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade could impact the US foster care system.

Foster Youth Visit Capitol Hill to Shadow Members of Congress

FOSTER YOUTH VISIT CAPITOL HILL TO SHARE PERSONAL EXPERIENCES IN CHILD WELFARE WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND PUSH FOR FEDERAL POLICY CHANGE  Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, Rep. Bass, and actor Jason Lee support youth advocates and bring foster youth voices to the House floor at the annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day event. Washington, […]

End of Roe v. Wade May Overwhelm Foster Care Systems

By Russell Contreras Axios Underfunded and overstressed foster care systems are bracing for new pressures if the overturning of Roe v. Wade sends more children their way. Why it matters: About 424,000 children in foster care on any given day already face shortages of placements, low high school graduation rates, and disproportionately high rates of incarceration and homelessness. Without new […]

Former LA Foster Youth Advocates for Change to the System

Click here to WATCH NFYI Member and 2022 Shadow Day Delegate Junely Merwin tell her story of parenting while in foster care to becoming an advocate for herself and others in Washington, DC. By Cassie Semyon, Washington, DC Spectrum News 1 LOS ANGELES — When she was just 15 years old, Junely Merwin was removed […]

Congress to Meet With Foster Youth on Capitol Hill – June 22

MEDIA ADVISORY June 14, 2022 REP. KAREN BASS ONE OF MANY CONGRESS MEMBERS TO MEET WITH FOSTER YOUTH ON CAPITOL HILL – JUNE 22 For 10th year, foster youth travel to Capitol Hill for annual leadership training, including a special opportunity to shadow members of Congress. – Washington, DC (June 13, 2022) – Current and former […]

What the End of Roe v. Wade Would Mean for Foster Youth

MEDIA ADVISORY May 4, 2022 Ending safe and legal abortion would have a drastic ripple effect through the child welfare system, impacting foster youth for generations, says National Foster Youth Institute LOS ANGELES (MAY 4, 2022) On Monday night, the leaked draft opinion of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health sent shockwaves through the country with its […]

NFYI Presents Congresswoman Bass with Champion of Youth & Children Award

   The NFYI Board awards Congresswoman Karen Bass the Champion of Youth & Children Award at NFYI’s annual fundraiser, An Afternoon of Learning and Celebration, hosted on December 4, 2021, by “Flipping Out” star Jenni Pulos.    LOS ANGELES (December 4, 2021) On Saturday afternoon, NFYI members, board members, staff, donors, and former foster youth gathered […]

Statement from NFYI on Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

We are deeply saddened by today’s decision to not hold Kyle Rittenhouse accountable for his irresponsible, provocative, and deadly actions in Wisconsin. It goes without saying that it’s impossible to imagine this same verdict if Rittenhouse was a Black or Brown teen walking the streets with a semiautomatic rifle. As we learned last month during […]