FCWG Hosts Congressional Briefing on Public-Private Partnerships for Transition Age Youth

On October 20, the Foster Care Work Group hosted a Congressional briefing in the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill. The briefing was cosponsored by the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth.

During the event, members of the Foster Care Work Group provided examples of successful public-private partnerships working to improve outcomes and the overall well-being of youth transitioning from foster care or facing housing challenges. Speakers included Sarah Chiles of the Redlich Horwitz Foundation, Jeannine Balfour of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Kristin Williams of the Sherwood Foundation, Anne Morin of the Butler Family Fund, and Mary Lee of Youth Villages.

Following the panel, Kathy Nuebel, Professional Staff for Senator Chuck Grassley, Co-Chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, provided an overview of recent federal accomplishments on transition age youth, including the extension of foster care through age 21, the extension of Medicaid to age 26, provisions to promote normalcy among youth in foster care, among others. Kathy also reiterated Senator Grassley’s commitment to improving policies and outcomes for transition age youth.

Following the panel, the Foster Care Work Group and other briefing attendees brainstormed potential next steps on federal policy for transition age youth. Ideas included proposals related to higher education, financial literacy, housing, services for pregnant and parenting youth, data collection, and other issues.