Members of the National Foster Care Youth & Alumni, Jacob Carmi & Ke'Onda Johnson, presented a webinar on April 29, 2021 to discuss their priorities and opportunities available under the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
Council Members shared how new opportunities available under this Act directly incorporate several priorities the Council has elevated, particularly in the areas of preventing unnecessary entry into foster care (2017 & 2019 priorities) and support for transition age youth (2020 Priority), and how participants can leverage those priorities to support foster youth and families.
Council Members reflected on how imperative lived experience leadership is at every level - from identifying issues that are priorities for reform to engaging young people in the implementation of laws and policies - to ensure children, youth and the families they belong to are meaningfully supported.
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More information on the Council and their priorities can be found at nationalpolicycouncil.org.