Foster youth sometimes get the chance to respond to lawmakers’ child welfare agendas.
Based on a survey of more than 500 current and former foster youth in more than 25 states, they’ll stress to policymakers the importance of policies that maintain sibling connections, prevent homelessness, ensure college access and success and help former foster youth live independently.
In the leadup to the election, public health and medical professionals are urging the next administration to invest in improving the health of children and teenagers by looking at all aspects of their lives.
America’s Promise released research that showed a young person’s proximity to adults in a community can increase the likelihood they graduate from high school. “Supportive relationships — with mentors, teachers, coaches, faith leaders, other school and nonprofit staff — constitute a web of support that can keep young people engaged in school and connected to their communities,” said Jonathan Zaff, executive director of the Center for Promise and lead author of the brief, said in a news release.