Foster Youth Bring Their Priorities to Capitol Hill

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.

Building Relationships Key to Youth Success, Say Conference Panelists

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.