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 Calli Crowder, 25, a graduate of Regent University.

The Proposal

Crowder calls for three steps meant to bolster federal participation in supporting foster parents. First, she would establish a technical assistance grant program aimed at helping states maximize the existing federal dollars available for training foster parents. Federal IV-E entitlement funds for training were once limited to state and local child welfare workers; that changed 10 years ago under the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act.

[For more on this story by John Kelly, go to https://chronicleofsocialchang…-the-experts-9/31574]

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