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Jun 17, 2019 | Blavity

Op-ed: Triumph Over Tragedy: My Story As A Foster Youth Advocate

Yolonda Washburn spent 4 years in the Rhode Island child welfare system. She participated in the National Foster Youth Institute's Foster Youth Shadow Day both as a Delegate and a Regional Coordinator. Read her op-ed here.

Jun 16, 2019 | NBC 4

NBC 4: Rep. Bass Talks Foster Youth Shadow Day

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) discussed impeachment, homelessness and Foster Youth Shadow Day with Conan Nolan on NBC 4. Watch the interview here.

Jun 14, 2019 | The Chronicle of Social Change

Op-ed: What Foster Youth Shadow Day Meant to Me

On June 4, 2019, Hadassah Misner had the privilege to shadow Congresswoman Yvette Clark (D-N.Y.) and advocate for change within our national child welfare system. This event was granted to me through the National Foster Youth Institute’s Shadow Day program, which gives former and current foster youth a chance to find their voice and speak up for change.

Jun 14, 2019 | Fox 11

Fox 11: Rep. Bass Talks Foster Youth Shadow Day 2019

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Elex Michaelson on Fox 11 to discuss impeachment, homelessness and foster youth shadow day. Watch the interview here.

Jun 7, 2019 | The Chicago Crusader

The Chicago Crusader: Carnell Brown: On the Brink of Success

As Chicagoans took to the streets Thursday, June 6, to race against gun violence in “Strides for Peace,” they knew that for each of the city’s gun violence tragedies, thanks to the organizations they are supporting, there are many more stories of hope. Carnell Brown’s journey is one of them.

Jun 5, 2019 | Roll Call

Roll Call: Trump’s Adoption Rollback Collides with Foster Youth Day

It was the eighth time the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth hosted its annual shadow day, but this year is pivotal, advocates say. The Trump administration is considering rolling back Obama-era nondiscrimination rules that cut federal funding for agencies that refuse to let gay parents adopt — a move that could leave even more kids in foster care.

Jun 5, 2019 | Culver City Crossroads

Culver City Crossroads: Bass Hosts Foster Youth for ‘Shadow Day’

On June 4, 2019, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth (CCFY) hosted more than 100 current and former foster youth from across the country as part of the 8th Annual Foster Youth Shadow Day in Washington, D.C. Every year, the event allows youth to share their experiences in foster care directly with their Member of Congress to help inform and improve child welfare policy.

Jun 5, 2019 | MSNBC

MSNBC: #GoodNewsRUHLES: Lawmakers Focus on Foster Youth

Lawmakers in the nation’s capital are working together this week to help some of the most vulnerable people in our country – children living in foster care. Watch Congresswoman Karen Bass and Racquell Perry, who spent a significant amount of her childhood and teen years in the system, join Stephanie Ruhle to share how Congress and young Americans are working together to improve the child welfare system.

Jun 4, 2019 | The Hill

Op-ed: Why We are Bringing Hundreds of Foster Youth to Capitol Hill

For generations, our nation has believed in the American dream: that each individual is given an opportunity to succeed through hard work, grit, and determination. However, for the more than 400,000 young people in foster care in the United States this dream can often seem out of reach. That’s why it’s critical for us – members of Congress – to interact with those currently and formerly in the foster care system, listen to their needs, and implement changes that make a difference in their lives.

Jun 4, 2019 | MSNBC

MSNBC: Rep. Bass Talks Foster Youth Shadow Day

Today, Rep. Karen Bass and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth brought current and former foster youth from more than 30 states ranging from Alaska to Maine to DC for them to shadow their Member of Congress. Watch her discuss this important event here.