Pictured here ( we were having a meeting with Jerry Milner, Acting Commissioner of the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services..)
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 impact children and families throughout the country. The Council represents a collective viewpoint of youth and alumni who have personal experience in the foster care system.
The Council advises by:
Using their experiences in foster care to identify and inform priorities and offer ideas to improve child welfare policy
Educating policymakers and other stakeholders about their varied experiences in foster care
Analyzing effectiveness of programs and policies based on the experiences of youth in foster care
Pod leaders coached our pods of 6-15 youth/alumni and took on our days with pride --meeting the staff and congress to match a true face and story to a easily forgotten story. And by the end of the day, we had made our mark of the world.