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The National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council convenes to provide federal stakeholders with relevant and timely information as policies and procedures are created that will affect children and families throughout the country. The Council represents a collective viewpoint of youth and alumni who have experienced the child welfare system first-hand.

The Council consists of 20 members geographically distributed across the country, reflecting a broad range of diversity encompassing, but not limited to, ethnicity, location of residency, religion, gender, and child welfare experiences.


The Council Presents New Recommendations in November, 2014

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

The National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council met over a long weekend just before Thanksgiving to finalize two sets of recommendations: Improving Well Being for Youth in Foster Care and Implementation of Public Law 113-183.  The Council meeting culminated in meetings with managers and leadership at the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, SAMHSA, and the Congressional Research Service.

Last year, the Council determined it was important to capitalize on the timing of the national well being discussion and provide the youth and alumni perspective as the larger

National Policy Council Delivers Recommendations to ACF

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 recommendations to Sheldon and various federal stakeholders. The recommendations were compiled using the poll results administered to youth and alumni of foster care.

5 Ideas: The first set of recommendations shared with the Administration

on Tue, 06/12/2012 - 23:00

At the inaugural meeting of the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council, the 21 members discussed a wide range of ideas about how to improve the foster care system. In a meeting with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon asked the group to develop a list of five ideas that his team could begin to consider right away. The Council crafted a strategy to develop the five ideas.