are the Expert
Your voice is needed to help make
changes to the foster care system. The groups and people
who make foster care policies and legislation need to hear
from you so that decisions are made that are truly reflective
of the needs of foster youth. There are several ways to
get involved with making sure your voice and perspective
is heard by decision-makers.
Volunteer with the Office of the Foster
Foster Youth Volunteers are needed
to assist the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman make presentations
on the Foster Care Ombudsman Program to foster youth groups,
group homes, shelters, judges, and other child welfare professionals.
Volunteers will also assist staff on a variety of projects
while working hours flexible to your schedule. Call 1-877-846-1602 to apply, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the California Youth Connection!
The California Youth Connection is
an organization developed by foster youth. The youth members
are between the ages of 14-24. Currently there are 22 chapters
and over 300 members in California. Foster youth members
of CYC are assisting their county and state in making the
foster care system better and breaking the stereotypes of
foster youth. For more information, call the statewide CYC
office at: 1-800-397-8236.
National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)
The Chafee Foster Care Independence Act (FCIA) of 1999, required the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to develop and implement a data collection system to track the independent living services provided to youth, and develop outcome measures that may be used to assess a states performance in operating their independent living programs. View the Fact Sheet.
Start a Youth Council at your group home!
Licensing regulations state that youth
have the right to form a resident's youth council in group
homes that will work on making the group home a better place
to live for all the residents. The Office of the Foster
Care Ombudsman can help you start a Youth Council if you
are interested. Call 1-877-846-1602 for more information.