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:
- March 20, 2020: Writing federal legislators to propose three recommendations for inclusion in COVID-19 Relief Bill III
- March 31, 2020: Writing an open letter to the Children’s Bureau
- April 10, 2020: Writing the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth to share five Chafee-related recommendations
- April 15, 2020: Partnering with others to propose six recommendations to the Administration for Children and Families
- April 15, 2020: Writing federal legislators to propose five recommendations for inclusion in the CARES II Act
- July 2, 2020: Writing a letter of support and participating in the press release for the Child Welfare Emergency Assistance Act.
- All for the purpose of: Improving immediate circumstances and long-term outcomes for foster care youth and alumni.
Our federal advocacy work also includes:
- Authoring the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act
- Inspiring the Foster Independence Program
- Hosting Congressional Briefings
- Proposing workforce solutions related to WIOA and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, in partnership with iFoster
- 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