Tools for Transformation: Building a Compassionate Child Welfare System - Recommendations from Foster Care Alumni

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI)

CCAI’s Foster Youth Internship Program® is a highly esteemed congressional internship for young adults who spent their formative years in the U.S. foster care system. In their annual policy report, the interns focus on subjects they are personally passionate about due to their experiences and understanding after living in foster care and make personal recommendations for improving the U.S. foster care system. This report is presented at both congressional and White House briefings. This publication includes policy reports on sibling connections, supporting foster parents, placement and educational stability, supporting kinship caregivers, culturally-competent foster families and services for unaccompanied refugee minors, trauma and prevention services, extended foster care, supporting LGBTQ+ youth in foster care, connecting foster youth to higher education opportunities, and more.