Latest Activities in Federal Advocacy

Former foster youth engage First Lady

September 8, 2020 Former foster youth affiliated with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Foster Youth Intern Program write to the First Lady to thank her for her support of the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Representatives Danny Davis and Jackie Walorski. “The provisions of this […]

Formerly Homeless Youth Urge Congress to Act During Pandemic

July 23rd, 2020 One goal was to push for passage of the Emergency Family Stabilization Act, a bipartisan-sponsored bill that would provide emergency funding to community organizations to address the needs of homeless youth during the pandemic. SchoolHouse Connection is urging Congress to include it in the next COVID funding bill. Full article here.

A Young Leader from Iowa asks Congress to support older foster youth

Tee, a former foster youth from Iowa shares results from FosterClub’s second poll of youth from foster care who are transitioning to adulthood, between the ages 18-24. Tee is currently in her last year studying social work and struggling to switch from hands on to online education. Tee has lost 2 of her 3 jobs […]

National and State Advocacy Letter on Chafee Support

State and local leaders across the country are working hard to continue vital services and resources to older youth during these extraordinary times, but they face major challenges. In this letter, advocates urge Congress to act now to address these needs and offer a series of legislative recommendations provided below for inclusion in the next […]

Letter to Congress from State-based Child Welfare Advocates

In a letter to Congress, organizations affiliated with the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) and others urge Congress to take action to provide emergency federal funding to ensure that state and local child welfare agencies have the dedicated resources and flexibility they need during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep children safe, support struggling […]

Letter to Congress from state-based foster and kinship family organizations

Nearly forty state-based networks of foster and kinship families write to Congress to highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these families and the children they are caring for. We hope Congress will consider this input as it continues to work on responding to the heavy toll of the COVID pandemic. Key points they […]

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Urges Congress to Provide Emergency Child Welfare Funding

May 8, 2020. In this letter, Gov. Justice urges Congress to provide emergency funding for the following programs: $1 billion for Community-based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Grants $20 million in Kinship Navigator Programs $1 billion for Title IV-B Part 2 $500 million for CAPTA Title 1 $30 million for the Court Improvement Program Increase FMAP […]

Commissioner of Virginia Department of Social Services Letter to Congress

In this letter Commissioner Duke Storen urges supports for federal funding including: $1 billion for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Grants to help states and local organizations better meet the increased need for child abuse prevention programs and adapt services to account for social distancing. $500 million for CAPTA Title I to help ensure child […]

Letter from Secretary Ross Hunter of Washington’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families to Congressional Delegation

In this letter, Sec Hunters outlines recommends areas in need of federal stimulus, including: Social Service Block Grant (SSBG) increase of $100 million for Washington State Resources to serve older youth in Extended Foster Care (EFC) The purchase of concrete goods, such as reliable technology for brth parents, foster parents, caregivers, service providers and others […]

Pennsylvania Gov Wolf sends letter to PA Congressional delegation

In a letter dated April 27, 2020 Gov Wolf writes to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation to urge Congress to provide dedicated funding to strengthen the state and local systems that prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect and that address the needs of children, youth, and families already in the foster care system.

Child Welfare League of America, Letter to Congress re COVID-19

CWLA offers recommendations for the next Congressional pandemic relief package, including: Include an additional increase in the FMAP and continue to apply that increase to Title IV-E. Increase Title IV-B child welfare services by $3 billion Expand by $1 billion each the CAPTA state grants and the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CB-CAP). Boost Title IV-E […]

APHSA Letter to Congress on COVID

April 10, 2020 Based on feedback from our members across the nation, this letter identifies the most urgent legislative tools needed to support human services agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate aftermath including investment in the infrastructure needed to create economic opportunity, keeping children safe and mitigating the trauma families are experiencing, ensuring […]

Federal Legislative Advocacy for Older Youth

Policy 1: Increase Chafee Funding by 500 Million Policy 2: Extend the Age of Eligibility for Chafee Aftercare Services to Age 23 for All Youth Policy 3: Suspend Participation Requirements for Young People in Extended Foster Care Policy 4: Place a Moratorium on Discharges from the Foster Care System for Youth Ages 18-21 Policy 5: […]

Federal Administrative Advocacy for Older Youth

Examples Administrative Requests for the HHS/Administration for Children and Families Keep young people connected to services and housed during and after this health crisis Help meet the immediate needs of young people for housing, food, and other material support Ensure that youth are connected to vital resources, people, and assistance in this time of crisis […]

#UpChafee Campaign

Child welfare advocates, policy partners, and young people have come together to launch a campaign to highlight the urgent needs of youth in and aging out of foster care during the COVID-19 crisis. Advocates and young people urge Congress to ensure young people transitioning to adulthood in foster care are able to survive the hardships […]

A Joint Statement on Child Welfare Courts During a Public Health Crisis

March 31 Issued by Children’s Advocacy Institute, Children’s Rights, Juvenile Law Center, National Association of Counsel for Children, National Center for Youth Law, Youth Law Center, This letter titled, “Access to Justice and Advocacy are Critical Anchors During Uncertain Times,” offers recommendations on assessing and safeguarding the needs and rights of every young person and […]

National, State, Local Sign-on Letter to Congress Asking for Emergency Investments in Child Welfare

A group of national, state, and local organizations dedicated to the well-being of vulnerable children and families has written a Letter to Congress to urge immediate Congressional action in support of families involved in child welfare, and the organizations that serve them, as they manage the stress and disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Organizations […]

Sign-On Letter to Congress


Older Youth Advocacy and #UpChafee