This toolkit exists to empower foster care youth, alumni and allies throughout the nation to schedule district visits with their federal legislators, and share the need for housing supports for former foster youth until age 25.
1.) Who is my legislator?
- Here’s a link to find out. You can put in your zip code.
- We are also trying to reach specific legislators from specific states.
- If you live in that state, please reach out to them.
2.) How do I schedule a meeting?
You can call and make an appointment, and say something like this:
“Hi, my name is __________ and I am a constituent of your district. I am calling to schedule a meeting with your office regarding important issues related to housing and child welfare. Is Congressman/Senator [NAME] available to meet with me on [DATE]? If not, could you let me know some dates that he/she or a staff person might be available to meet? Thank you so much for your time.”
3.) How can I prepare for the meeting?
You will want to read over, and be familiar with these Talking Points.
If you want to know more, it might help to look at:
– the online petition
– a statewide youth board’s Letter of Support
– Federal Testimony on behalf of a foster care alumna
– a Detailed Support Letter from the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
4.) What information should I bring to the meeting?
You can print a copy of the Talking Points and the Turner bill summary, and give them to the legislator and/or their staffer.
5.) How can I follow up after the meeting?
You will want to keep a copy of their business card, and write a thank you letter afterwards. Please keep us posted, and know that we are here to support.