Shadow Day Program

Meeting Members of Congress in the Nation’s Capitol
Putting youth face-to-face with their representatives

NFYI’s 2020 Congressional Shadow Day has been cancelled due to coronavirus precautions. Applicants who were accepted into this year’s program will automatically be accepted into the 2021 Shadow Day program. Please click here for more details and info about how we’ll be moving forward to continue to advocate for current/former foster youth.

For the past 6 years, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth has hosted a Shadow Day where foster youth and alumni ages 18-30 are invited to Washington, D.C. to be paired with their Members of Congress for a day on Capitol Hill. The youth 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.

Shadow Day 2017: Rep. Karen Bass with Foster Youth VoicesThe Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program is an all-expenses-paid 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.

Applications for this year’s Shadow Day program have closed. To be notified when we’re accepting applications for the next Shadow Day, sign up for our email updates.

The half-day spent shadowing their Member of Congress allows foster youth the opportunity to connect face-to-face with their own representatives and get a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process.

The youth get to share their personal stories and experiences in the child welfare system with Congressional Members and remind them of the real-world impact of their work on child welfare system reform. 

NFYI and its partner organizations work to support the Shadow Day program and augment the experiences these youth have on the Hill with leadership training and meetings with other key leaders and officials in the federal government.

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