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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.


Accepting New Applications February 2016

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

We will begin accepting applications for the Spring 2016 cohort of the National Foster Youth and Alumni Policy Council late February 2016. Please check the website in February for the application. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to reviewing your application in the near future.

New Poll: Experiences With Homelessness

on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 13:58

The National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council are focusing on the experiences of foster youth with homelessness.

If you experienced homelessness as well as foster care, you are invited to take this poll! If you experienced homelessness after leaving care - please fill this out, and share with your friends!

Take the poll now!

The poll will close on  Wednesday, August 19th.

Thank you!

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.