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May 21, 2015 | Roll Call

Foster Youth Shadow Day Shows Power of Personal Stories

Briana Smith visited Congress Wednesday along with more than 60 other foster youths as part of the fourth annual “Foster Youth Shadow Day.” The 19-year-old Los Angeles native was assigned to shadow U.S. Rep. Karen Bass for the day, to share her story and experience the legislative process up close.

May 21, 2015 | Salem Patch

Congresswoman Kuster Hosts Local Youth to Discuss Foster Care Initiatives

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-NH, on Wednesday hosted Nashua native Mark Laing for the fourth annual “Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day.”

May 21, 2015 | GoLocalProv

Congressman Langevin Participates in 4th “Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day”

Blanca Merced of Johnston spent the day with U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, joining more than 60 other foster youth alumni from across the country that traveled to Capitol Hill to shadow members of Congress to share their experiences in the child welfare system.

May 21, 2015 | Courier Post

Blackwood resident gets day in Congress

Kaysie Getty of Blackwood will follow U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, a freshman Democrat from Camden County, through meetings with constituents, staff meetings and trips to the House floor as part of Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day.

Jul 9, 2014 | Columbia Daily Tribune

Foster care forum highlights barriers to effective programs

A bureaucratic debate over sentence construction is denying health care to young adults who were once in foster care, a round table on child welfare learned Monday.

Jun 9, 2014 | The Southern

Washington trip gives chance to address foster care concerns

A former foster child in Illinois now is fighting for changes in the foster care system. Yemisi Pleasant-Sloan, 25, formerly of Chicago, is now a Carbondale resident and SIU graduate. She spent her childhood as a foster child in Chicago. On May 21, she went to Washington D.C. to participate in the third annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day.

Jun 8, 2014 | Fond du Luc Reporter

Petri hosts Fond du Lac student on 'Shadow Day'

U.S. Representative Tom Petri recently hosted Brittany Hernandez of Fond du Lac on the third annual “Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day.” Hernanez met with the Fond du Lac Republican in his Washington office where she shared her experience in the Wisconsin foster system as well as her goal of attending Boston University for graduate school.

May 29, 2014 | Chronicle of Social Change

Dr. Phil: “Foster Care is a Social Circumstance, Not a Mental Illness”

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources heard testimony yesterday on the disproportionate use of psychotropic medications on foster youths, and the president’s $750 million proposal to address the issue. The hearing yesterday was spurred along by the presence of a celebrity witness, talk show host “Dr. Phil” McGraw.

May 29, 2014 | The Saginaw News

College student from Saginaw joins nearly 70 other foster youths to advocate on Capitol Hill

A young woman from Saginaw who spent three years in Michigan's foster care program spent her day Thursday, May 29, on Capitol Hill with her local congressman, advocating for the needs of foster youth in the nation. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, hosted Western Michigan University student Katelynn Morris Thursday as part of the U.S. Congress "Foster Youth Shadow Day."

May 22, 2014 | WATE

Former Knoxville foster child traveling to DC to meet with lawmakers

A local teenager is traveling to the nation's capital to meet with lawmakers about how to improve the foster care system. Timothy Dennis spent six years in foster care. He is now part of the local Youth 4 Youth leadership board.