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The Chronicle of Social Change is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 10 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.

The program is overseen each summer by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Each of the FYI participants crafted a policy recommendation during their time in Washington, D.C. Today we highlight the recommendation of Shay House, 22, an undergraduate at Mills College.

The Proposal

House’s recommendations are aimed at improving placement stability as a strategy for insuring education stability. She proposes federal investments to build up the availability of evidence-based models for foster parent training, peer support networks for foster parents, and the use of community-based recruitment to keep foster youth near their school of origin.

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