Working together to create a bright future for foster youth and their families in your community.
Somewhere in your community, there’s a child in foster care who faces an uncertain future. Can she be reunited with her parents and siblings? Can she stay at her school with her friends and favorite teacher? Will she be able to fulfill her dream of going to college? Who will protect and fight for her?
In her loneliest and most uncertain moments, what she may not know is that there’s a whole community out there working to secure a brighter future for her and the 400,000 other children in our country like her.
That community includes former foster youth who want to reach back and provide better child welfare experiences for children in need. It includes social workers, attorneys, judges, and service providers who do the day-to-day work to maintain our child welfare system. It’s businesses large and small that see the value in mentoring and hiring resilient and resourceful former foster youth. It’s educators who believe in young adults with nontraditional backgrounds. And it’s a community that relies on elected officials who have the vision and power to create laws and policies that protect children and strengthen families.
Why partner with NFYI
Since its founding in 2012, NFYI has worked hand-in-hand with Members of Congress, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, federal civil servants, political appointees, and local elected officials. Our partners have been members of all political parties and represent every part of our country; the one thing they all have in common is a belief in the potential of foster children and the power of foster youth voices.
Highlights of the impact of our partnership include:
Members of Congress have hosted more than 550 current and former foster youth for Congressional Shadow Day.
I am who I am today because of this organization and the great people in it.
Scout Hartley Former
National Organizing Intern, New Jersey
How to partner with NFYI
Through our landmark inside/outside strategy, NFYI seeks to support legislators’ internal goals for strengthening child welfare while also bringing an outside perspective on what’s happening on the ground in your district. First and foremost, we seek opportunities to connect decision makers with individuals with lived experience in child welfare. We know that combining foster youth voices with legislative power is what creates real, lasting change.
Foster youth and alumni ages 18-30 go to Washington, D.C. to shadow their Members of Congress for a day on Capitol Hill.
The Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program is an opportunity for young people with personal experience in the foster care system to spend time with their Congressional representative, as well as White House officials, in Washington, D.C. Program delegates spend almost a week in Washington, D.C. each May gaining a better understanding of the role of Congress and learning how they can make their voices heard on issues they care about.
Members of Congress share their initiatives and child welfare-related legislation and hear directly from current and former foster youth from across the country
Small dinner meetings connecting Members of Congress with experts and a unique perspective on child welfare
Coordinating nationwide field visits with policymakers to learn about child welfare issues firsthand
FOSTER YOUTH STORY
Contact us to see how we can help foster youth and foster youth families in your community.
If you are a local decision-maker and want to host a listening session, townhall, or briefing, just contact us.