The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institutehosted our morning training,and provided breakfast
Casey Family Programs assisted with trainingand sponsored our lunch
Afternoon training hosted bythe Office of Representative Karen Bass,Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth
Matthew Aronson,U.S. Department ofHousing and UrbanDevelopment
Ruth White,National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
Youth delegates with Shalita O’Neale of the MarylandYouth Resource Center and Fostering Change Network
Focus Areas for Participating Youth1. What is the role of the federal government whenit comes to transitional housing for youth "agingout" of foster care?2. Does the Uninterrupted Scholars Act addressthe differing number of credits required tograduate from high schools, and how this cannegatively impact foster youth when theytransfer from one high school to another?
Focus Areas for Participating Youth3. Could Title IV-E funds ever be expanded toallow them to be used for the training of youth --not just adults?4. Is there another way to promote compliancewith NYTD besides having states lose part oftheir Chafee dollars for noncompliance? Couldthere be another penalty? Rather than one thatrisks negatively impacting the success of fosteryouth?