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Council Member Writes Blog For United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

on Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:27

Cortney Jones spent 10 years in and out of the Texas foster care system, and joined the National Foster Youth and Alumni Policy Council in October of 2014. Youth homelessness is an issue close to Cortney's heart. She recently wrote a blog for the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness highlighting the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. Since aging out of care, Cortney has been advocating for foster youth by volunteering and motivational speaking.

Crossover youth & homelessness priorities presented to federal agencies

on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 23:23

On October 5, 2015, Council members gathered in Washington D.C. to share their policy priorities around youth who crossover to the Juvenile Justice systems and youth experiencing homelessness. Council members met with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, and the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families.

Next membership cycle: February 2016

on Sat, 08/15/2015 - 23:28

The National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council will distribute invitations to partner organizations for nominations in late February 2016. Please contact us to be added to the listserv, and check the website in February for updates. Read more about the nomination process.


New law includes normalcy & vulnerability priorities

on Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:59

On September 29, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980). This new law takes important steps forward in preventing vulnerable foster youth from becoming victims of trafficking as well as protecting youth whom have become victims.

Council members share priorities around reducing vulnerability & transition planning

on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 01:32

Council members of the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council met on October 9, 2012, with the George Sheldon, Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families, to discuss reducing foster youth vulnerability to predators and transition planning challenges.The Council presented two series of priorities to Sheldon and various federal stakeholders. The priorities were compiled using poll results administered to youth and alumni of foster care. The Council established small work groups to discuss poll results, review other relevant research, and identify policy priorities.