With our growing nationwide network of foster youth, alumni of foster care, foster, adoptive, and birth parents, and child welfare reform advocates, we aim to have community leaders in each of the Congressional districts across the U.S. that will partner with policymakers at all levels of government to articulate pressing issues and explore possible solutions through policy change.
Our local chapters are supported by NFYI’s professional staff and led by current and former foster youth between 18 and 30. Members participate in retreats, attend local Shadow Days with their state representatives, host briefings for city and county officials, and develop creative outreach events to engage and educate their peers.
Recent events have included open mic nights, National Foster Care Month briefings, Election Night dinners, Michigan Shadow Day, and the virtual FosterPower Summit ’21 convening in Los Angeles.
Our local chapters allow us to hone in on the unique issues that are specific to individual communities and build partnerships with local nonprofits, elected officials, and community leaders. Legislation is often created with the best of intentions but needs some adjustment when it’s put into action. Our national/local level approach helps us ensure that federal, state, and local policies are implemented in ways that truly support foster youth and their families.
All current and former foster youth between the ages of 18 and 30 are invited to join a chapter. If there’s not currently a chapter in your community, please consider applying to our national membership program. You’ll have opportunities to engage with your peers virtually and you’ll be notified when we’re planning on launching a chapter in your area.