National Advocacy

DC trips

Ohio foster care youth and alumni have been traveling regularly to DC since 2013, with an eye towards improving foster care outcomes throughout the nation.

We are deeply grateful for many allies who support our efforts, especially Ruth Ann White of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare.

Our recent efforts in light of the current pandemic include reaching out to federal decision-makers and writing an open letter to the Children’s Bureau with proposed solutions to improve immediate circumstances and long-term outcomes for foster care youth and alumni.

Our work also includes:

  1. Authoring the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act
  2. Inspiring the Foster Independence Program
  3. Hosting Congressional Briefings
  4. Proposing workforce solutions related to WIOA and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, in partnership with iFoster
  5. Proposing Chafee increases as needed, greater national consistency when it comes to ETV eligibility, along with technical assistance, in order to maximize use of this funding to improve foster youth outcomes
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