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Join us in September 2020 in communicating to Congress about the urgent need to support older youth in & leaving foster care.

This social media calendar is a work in progress and we hope to add more content and messages as we move forward. We hope it is helpful in providing content for stakeholders interested in spreading the word and advocating for the advancement of HR 7947. These messages have an older youth focus, but we welcome and encourage you to add items that also highlight other important elements of HR 7947.

Fri Sept 11

  1. Send a Thank you to FLOTUS
    @FLOTUS thank you for listening to youth in foster care and working with @RepWalorski and @GOPLeader to support HR 7947. We hope Congress will follow your lead and support HR 7947 #NoAgingOut #UpChafee #COVIDRelief
  2. Tweet at a Senator
    @__________Please meet the urgent needs of #FosterYouth by supporting the bipartisan H.R. 7947. #COVIDRelief #UpChafee #NoAgingOut
  3. Tweet at a Representative
    @__________Please meet the urgent needs of #FosterYouth by supporting & cosponsoring the bipartisan H.R. 7947 See a co-sponsor request here https://rb.gy/hqydld #COVIDRelief #UpChafee #NoAgingOut
  4. Post to Facebook
    As we enter the seventh month of the pandemic, young people in and leaving foster care continue to struggle with meeting their daily needs and having adequate support. To-date there has been no response from Congress and young people are at risk of being left behind as the school year begins and youth struggle to survive. FosterClub’s poll in May identified the following COVID-19 challenges among young people:
    • Nearly 1 in 5 have run out of food.
    • Over half have lost employment and income.
    • Nearly a quarter lack stable housing and fear homelessness.
    • More than half lack contact with a trusted adult who can support them.

These needs are only growing. We have a special obligation to young people in foster care who do not have the support of families. As a young person said, “Youth like me, who have left foster care without family, have what it takes to succeed, but we can’t do it alone especially now.” We urge Congress to act now and show young people in foster care that they deserve support by advancing HR 7947, the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act. If you agree that youth in foster care deserve support during the pandemic urge @senatemajldr and @ChuckGrassley to support HR 7947. You can see the poll results at: tinyurl.com/covidpoll2

Monday Sept 14th

  1. Send a thank you to Reps Davis and Walorski
    @RepWalorski @RepDannyDavis Thank you for introducing HR 7947, which would meet the urgent needs of youth in and leaving foster care during the pandemic. We hope your colleagues will fight for youth in foster care and join you in support of HR 7947 https://rb.gy/hqydld #UpChafee #NoAgingOut

Tuesday Sept 15

  1. Send out Change.org petition and ask for signatures by email and post. See text below in CONTENT SECTION.
  2. Post to Facebook
    We have a legal and moral obligation to help ensure that young people entrusted to the care of the child welfare system make a safe and successful transition to adulthood. The transition to adulthood is a challenging time for all youth and the pandemic has made it even more difficult. Never has the need for the material and moral support of family been so crucial for young people as it is during the pandemic. Disruptions to school and work have resulted in young people relying on family to survive. In fact, recent data from the Pew Research Center shows that the majority of young adults are living with their families, and unsurprisingly, that number has increased during the pandemic. Young people in foster care do not have the option to rely on family for support during the pandemic and they are struggling each day to make ends meet. Congress must act to ensure that these young people are not forgotten and that their urgent needs are met during the pandemic by supporting HR 7947, the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act. If you agree that youth in foster care deserve support during the pandemic urge @senatemajldr and @ChuckGrassley to support HR 7947. Read about the Pew research here https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/09/04/a-majority-of-young-adults-in-the-u-s-live-with-their-parents-for-the-first-time-since-the-great-depression/

Wednesday Sept 16th

@ChuckGrassley we need leaders like you to champion the cause of #fosteryouth during the pandemic. @FosterClub found over half of youth polled did not receive a #stimuluscheck and 65% had lost their job. Please provide needed relief to #fosteryouth by supporting HR 7947 #NoAgingOut #COVIDRelief #UpChafee

  1. Send out CDF national sign-on letter and ask for signatures. See text below in CONTENT SECTION.
  2. Tweet at a Senator
    @ ____________COVID-19 has negatively affected young people from foster care who are in the early stage of transitioning to independent adulthood as many do not have family support during these difficult times. Provide emergency relief for older #FosterYouth by supporting HR 7947 #UpChafee #COVIDRelief
  3. Tweet at a Representative
    @__________Please meet the urgent needs of #FosterYouth by supporting & cosponsoring the bipartisan H.R. 7947 See a co-sponsor request here https://rb.gy/hqydld #COVIDRelief #UpChafee #NoAgingOut
  4. Tweet at Senator Grassley from 1-3 EST

@ChuckGrassley have you read the story from @DMRegister about Iowa foster youth who need help to get through #COVID19? Will you help current & former foster youth facing #homelessness and support HR 7947? tinyurl.com/y94sr68e #COVIDRelief #UpChafee

@ChuckGrassley we need leaders like you to champion relief efforts for #fosteryouth. @FosterClub found over 1/2 of youth polled did not receive a #stimuluscheck and 65% had lost their job. Pls provide needed relief by supporting HR 7947 #NoAgingOut #COVIDRelief #UpChafee

@ChuckGrassley please join Tee, a former #fosteryouth from Iowa, in asking Congress to increase Chafee funds and #supportfosteryouth in care during the #COVID19 pandemic by supporting HR 7947 https://tinyurl.com/ya426mrp #COVIDRelief #UpChafee

Thank you, @ChuckGrassley for your leadership on Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. #fosteryouth are experiencing food, housing, school and work insecurity. Will you ensure targeted relief for youth in foster care by supporting HR 7947? tinyurl.com/y94sr68e #COVIDRelief #UpChafee

@ChuckGrassley we need leaders like you to champion relief efforts and support HR 7947 to make sure no young person ages out during the pandemic #NoAgingOut #COVIDRelief #UpChafee

@ChuckGrassley The majority of young adults are living and relying on their parents during the pandemic https://rb.gy/8nfcqw Will you help #fosteryouth who do not have the option of family to rely on by supporting HR 7947? #COVIDRelief #UpChafee

Thursday Sept 17th

  1. Tweet at Senator McConnell from 1-3 EST

@senatemajldr Thank you for recognizing the needs of children during the pandemic. Please come through for #fosteryouth who do not have the support of family by supporting bipartisan HR 7947 #NoAgingOut #UpChafee #COVIDRelief

@senatemajldr Please listen to the voices of #FosterYouth and respond to their urgent needs by supporting bipartisan H.R. 7947 #COVIDRelief #NoAgingOut #UpChafee

@senatemajldr The majority of young adults are living and relying on their parents during the pandemic https://rb.gy/8nfcqw will you help #fosteryouth who do not have the option of family to rely on by supporting HR 7947? #COVIDRelief #NoAgingOut #UpChafee

@senatemajldr Youth in #fostercare need your help during the pandemic. Will you invest in their future and help them get through COVID-19 crisis by supporting HR 7947? #COVIDRelief #NoAgingOut #UpChafee

@senatemajldr KY #FosterYouth who are close to aging out are scared of being cut off from supportive services they need most right now, from @KYYouth survey https://tinyurl.com/y2jxjl8b. Pls support for these youth thru bipartisan H.R. 7947! #COVIDRelief #NoAgingOut #UpChafee

@senatemajldr 88% of Kentucky #FosterYouth are worried about losing their housing, reported by @KYYouth https://tinyurl.com/y2jxjl8b. Will you help #fosteryouth who do not have the option of family to rely on by supporting HR 7947? #COVIDRelief #UpChafee #NoAgingOut

Tuesday Sept 22nd

  1. Tweet at a Senator
    @ __ #FosterYouth need the leadership and support of Congress urgently #SupportFosterYouth by supporting bipartisan HR 7947 which will provide urgent relief to youth #COVIDRelief #NoAgingOut #UpChafee
  2. Tweet at a Representative
    @__________Please meet the urgent needs of #FosterYouth by supporting & cosponsoring the bipartisan H.R. 7947 See a co-sponsor request here https://rb.gy/hqydld #COVIDRelief #UpChafee #NoAgingOut
  3. Post to Facebook
    Developing effective and responsive child welfare policy requires centering the voices and experiences of youth and families. Throughout the pandemic youth in and leaving foster care have made their voices heard through town halls, presentations, briefings, and meetings with lawmakers. Young people have told us that they are struggling and need support. Here is some of what we have heard:

“I am a former foster care youth and I do not have a family to ask for help or for shelter, at this time.”


“Losing my job during COVID-19 has caused disruptions in my financial stability and mental well being. Without supports, I feel like I am drowning.”


“During this pandemic those of us who didn’t have any savings or good jobs don’t have that cushion or
have anyone to lean on during this time.”

“I’m scared because I age out in 9 months, and I might not have any place to live.”

Representatives Walorski and Davis have listened to these voices and introduced HR 7947, the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act. Now it is time for Congress to act and support HR 7947. If you agree that the voices of young people in foster care should be heard and their needs responded to urge @senatemajldr and @ChuckGrassley to support HR 7947. Read more from young people > > https://tinyurl.com/yxwcv24v

Wed Sept 23rd

  1. Tweet at a Senator
    @__ #FosterYouth are being hit hard by the #COVID crisis; many don’t have family to turn to. Pls support HR 7947, the bipartisan the Supporting #FosterYouth and Families through the Pandemic Act in the next #COVID package #UPChafee #ChildWelfareCOVID #NoAgingOut
  2. Tweet at a Representative
    @__________Please meet the urgent needs of #FosterYouth by supporting & cosponsoring the bipartisan H.R. 7947 See a co-sponsor request here https://rb.gy/hqydld #COVIDRelief #UpChafee #NoAgingOut
  3. Tweet at Senator Grassley from 1-3 EST

@ChuckGrassley As schools reopen, #FosterYouth need tech support to attend classes and have the same success and opportunities as their peers. Their dreams shouldn’t be derailed b/c of a crisis. Provide emergency #COVIDRelief for #FosterYouth through HR 7947 #UpChafee

@ChuckGrassley we need leaders like you to champion relief efforts for #fosteryouth. @FosterClub found over 1/2 of youth polled did not receive a #stimuluscheck and 65% had lost their job. Pls provide needed relief by supporting HR 7947 #NoAgingOut #COVIDRelief #UpChafee


Thank you, @ChuckGrassley for your leadership on Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. #fosteryouth are experiencing food, housing, school and work insecurity. Will you ensure targeted relief for #fosteryouth by supporting HR 7947? tinyurl.com/y94sr68e #COVIDRelief #UpChafee


@ChuckGrassley have you read the story from @DMRegister about Iowa foster youth who need help to get through #COVID19? Will you help current & former foster youth fearing #homelessness and support bipartisan HR 7947? tinyurl.com/y94sr68e #COVIDRelief #UpChafee


@ChuckGrassley we need leaders like you to champion relief efforts for #fosteryouth. @FosterClub found over half of youth polled did not receive a #stimuluscheck and 65% had lost their job. Please support HR 7947 and provide needed relief to #fosteryouth #COVIDRelief #UpChafee


@ChuckGrassley we need leaders like you to champion relief efforts for youth in foster care and support bipartisan HR 7947 to make sure no young person ages out during the pandemic #NoAgingOut #COVIDRelief #UpChafee


@ChuckGrassley please join Tee, a former #fosteryouth from Iowa, in asking Congress to increase Chafee funds and #supportfosteryouth in care during the #COVID19 pandemic by supporting HR 7947 https://tinyurl.com/ya426mrp #COVIDRelief #UpChafee

@ChuckGrassley The majority of young adults are living and relying on their parents during the pandemic https://rb.gy/8nfcqw Will you help #fosteryouth who do not have the option of family to rely on by supporting HR 7947? #COVIDRelief #UpChafee

Thursday Sept 24th

  1. Tweet at a Senator
    @___________Many #FosterYouth don’t have family & they need emergency help and leadership from Congress. Support #FosterYouth thru bipartisan HR 7947 and provide #COVIDRelief #UpChafe
  2. Tweet at a Representative
    @__________Please meet the urgent needs of #FosterYouth by supporting & cosponsoring the bipartisan H.R. 7947 See a co-sponsor request here https://rb.gy/hqydld #COVIDRelief #UpChafee #NoAgingOut
  3. Tweet at Senator McConnell from 1-3 EST

@senatemajldr Thank you for recognizing the needs of children during the pandemic. Please come through for #fosteryouth who do not have the support of family by supporting bipartisan HR 7947 #NoAgingOut #UpChafee

@senatemajldr Please listen to the voices of #FosterYouth and respond to their urgent needs supporting bipartisan H.R. 7947 #UpChafee #COVIDRelief #NoAgingOut #UpChafee

@senatemajldr The majority of young adults are living and relying on their parents during the pandemic https://rb.gy/8nfcqw will you help #fosteryouth who do not have the option of family to rely on by supporting HR 7947? #COVIDRelief #NoAgingOut #UpChafee

@senatemajldr Youth in #fostercare need your help during the pandemic. Will you invest in their future and help them get through COVID-19 crisis by supporting HR 7947? #COVIDRelief #NoAgingOut #UpChafee

CONTENT SECTION

TEXT TO REQUEST SIGNING ON FOR CHANGE.ORG PETITION
Email to your listservs and post the following content for Change.org petition:

Sample post or email (from FosterClub):
Young people who’ve aged out of foster care have been hit hard by the COVID crisis, as demonstrated through their own voices. Without family to turn to, young people need access to support and services so they can make it through this crisis.
The #UpChafee campaign called on Congress to provide emergency assistance to young people through increased Chafee funds and flexibility.
HERE’S GREAT NEWS: The call was answered when The Supporting Foster Youth & Families Through the Pandemic Act was introduced on June 7th by Rep. Danny Davis (D- IL) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R – IN)! The proposal includes almost every #UpChafee ask, and so much more to help families through this crisis.
Now we need your help in urging members of Congress to work together and act swiftly so that foster youth and families can get the COVID Emergency Aid they so desperately need!
Add your name to the Change.org petition
If passed, the Act would:
• Provide $400 million for Chafee to help youth with education, employment, financial management, housing, emotional support and assured connections to caring adults
• Expand Chafee eligibility through age 26
• Reserve an extra $50 million for Chafee Education & Training Vouchers, and raise the amount per youth from $5,000 to $12,000 each year
• Remove the 30% cap on room and board and other education/work requirements for ETV and extended care
• Provide a moratorium on aging out (and allows for re-entry into care)
And other important provisions to support families through the COVID pandemic, including increased funding and support for:
• Prevention programs
• MaryLee Allen Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program
• Court Improvement Program
• Home Visiting Program
• Kinship Navigator Program
The details of the bill can be found here.
Once you add your name to the Change.org petition, please share with your friends and family and ask them to join the push to have Congress include aid for foster youth and families in the next COVID aid package.

Tweet

Help #FosterYouth during the pandemic by showing your support for the provisions in The Supporting Foster Youth & Families Through the Pandemic Act which would provide emergency assistance and ensure #NoAgingOut. Sigh @ change.org/fosteryouth

TEXT TO REQUEST SIGN ONS FOR CDF LETTER
Email and/or Post:
Without family to rely on, young people in foster care are struggling to make ends meet, keep their housing and stay healthy during the pandemic. Five months into the COVID-19 crisis, older foster youth continue to face worsening struggles and many fear aging out on their own during a public health crisis. The Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act (H.R. 7947), introduced on June 7th by the House Ways & Means Worker & Family Support Subcommittee Chairman, Danny Davis (D-IL), and Ranking Member Jackie Walorski (R-IN), provides a comprehensive response to older that they need and deserve. The bill would respond to the urgent needs of older youth during the national emergency by:
• Placing a moratorium on aging out of care;
• Allowing re-entry into care;
• Increasing Chafee funds by $400 million;
• Expanding Chafee eligibility through age 26;
• Removing the 30% Chafee housing cap; and
• Increasing Education & Training Vouchers from $5,000 to $12,000 per person per year.
Please show the support of your organization for this bill by signing on to this letter.
Sample Tweet:
Show the support of your organization for older youth in foster care by endorsing the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act (H.R. 7947). Sign on to this letter and support an increase of Chafee funds by $400m and a moratorium on youth aging out.