Apply For Congressional Leadership Academy Today

Apply For Congressional Leadership Academy Today Hello, current foster youth, and alums of foster care! We invite you to apply to be a Foster Youth Shadow Day Delegate for the 2023 Congressional Leadership Academy Program in Washington, D.C. Click here to apply. To learn more, keep reading. The Congressional Leadership Academy Program is an opportunity […]

USC sisters advocate foster youth | Daily Trojan

For twin sisters Carmen and Lucero Noyola, there is no denying the importance of education in their lives. Juggling packed schedules as single moms, workers and USC students, the pair is on a mission to make higher education more accessible to foster youth like themselves.Working with Jesse Aguiar, the director of the Beyond Foster Care […]

Program helps Colorado teens coming out of foster care system

  Like most teenagers, Holli Gutierrez craved independence and freedom. But it wasn’t the type of unfettered existence her peers wanted, not exactly. Not the life without curfews, without adults asking questions, grounding them or offering unwanted advice. She wanted the independence from living with people who hurt her, the ones who said she wouldn’t […]

California law affirms gender-related care for foster youth

A new California law signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown ensures access to counseling, hormone treatment and surgery for transgender foster youth. The bill “will empower transgender foster youth to live authentically and simply be themselves,” said Democratic Assemblyman Todd Gloria of San Diego, the law’s sponsor. Such treatment would be covered by Medi-Cal, the […]

Tony Dungy, wife Lauren talk children’s books, adopting seven kids, foster care

  Tony Dungy is living testimony to family, faith, and football. His family is strong. Dungy has been married to his wife Lauren for 36 years. The couple has 10 children, seven of whom have been adopted. Along the way, he has raised his voice as a passionate advocate for the foster care system in […]

A college student receives rare scholarship for unfortunate circumstances

Today, we bring you the story of a college student that has gone above and beyond and a local university has taken notice.  Jasper Gain, lived with her mother and stepdad till she was 13 and then was sent to live with her biological father.”After a period of time living there, there was a lot of stuff […]

Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #2: Getting Serious About Siblings

Barros identifies three ways she believes Congress can better ensure that siblings removed into foster care can stay together when that is their wish. First, she calls for a National Sibling Bill of Rights that would provide “specific guidance on keeping siblings together.” Source: Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #2: Getting Serious About Siblings

In Focus: From foster child to foster care advocate

We meet Tanisha Saunders, a former foster youth who uses her experience to advocate for change and resources in the foster care system. Source: In Focus: From foster child to foster care advocate

From the Frying Pan of Foster Care to the Fire of Adulthood

Homelessness is a big problem for former foster care youth in Kansas City and around the country. “We’ve heard stories of kids who were dropped off at City Union Mission by their social worker because it’s the kid’s 21st birthday,” said Nathan Ross, youth programs supervisor at the nonprofit social service agency FosterAdopt Connect. “Here’s […]

100 Former Foster Youth Visit Members of Congress to Advocate for Child Welfare Reform 

Shadow Day

Each May, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth introduces a resolution to recognize May as National Foster Care Month. Last year the resolution was cosponsored by more than 130 Members of Congress. In addition to re-introducing this important resolution to call attention and raise awareness about this issue, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth will […]