Monthly Archives: March 2015

State-by-state legislation won by foster youth-led groups

Christie Renick/ March 19, 2015/ General, Resources

  A GROWING LIST  Below is a partial list of state legislation that foster youth-led organizations and Youth Advisory Councils have passed since the 90’s. It’s a big list. Fifty-three pieces of law, most by FYA network members. This list is incomplete, so please tell us which groups and which state laws should be added to this list.   California

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FYA Hosts Webinar for FYA Partners on Implementation of Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014

Christie Renick/ March 4, 2015/ FYA

On September 29th, 2014, President Obama signed into law new federal rules that could make a real difference for foster youth across the US. Current and former foster youth pushed for this law to happen – a big victory for foster youth advocates! However, there’s more work to do. The federal government passed this law, but the 50 states are

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Youth-led Advocacy on Psychotropic Medication in Foster Care

Christie Renick/ March 4, 2015/ California

We wanted to share some new info about overmedication of foster youth – an issue many in the FYA network care deeply about. Many youth and adult advocates believe that medications are habitually overprescribed, and as a result there has been a lot of recent activity recently about regulate the use of psychiatric drugs within California’s foster care system. Long

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Their Own Voices: Foster Youth Advocate for Policy Change in Oregon, California & Colorado

Christie Renick/ March 3, 2015/ California, FYA, Oregon

    Youth and adult supporters from FYA partner organizations have been busy convening at state capitols where they advocate for policy change to improve the lives of young people in their respective states. FYA supports these groups by providing training and skill-building activities, which help young people better articulate their messages to legislators and create policy agendas.   OREGON

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