Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Oregon a Huge Success

Janet/ March 1, 2011/ Oregon

March 2011 Policy Issues PosterIn February, after two days of training by the National Foster Youth Action Network training team, OFYC members had 20 individual meetings with Oregon legislators to ask for their support for two bills that would give foster youth free college tuition. They also advocated for greater access to services that prepare youth to succeed as they transition out of foster care and become independent adults. Currently, only 40% of Oregon’s eligible foster youth receive ILP services. OFYC members want to change that. OFYC members know their voices matter in the halls of power: last year they won a major health care victory for foster youth. They now intend to build on that success.

About Janet

has been in the child welfare field for 28 years as a social worker for a private foster family agency, a trainer with the Child Welfare Institute, program director for the Contra Costa County Independent Living Skills Program, and now a children’s advocate. Since early 2009, she has been the Executive Director of the National Foster Youth Action Network (“Action Network”). Prior to 2009, Ms. Knipe was the Executive Director of California Youth Connection (CYC).