May 12, 2016

Becoming Bigger Than What I am: “FYA Leaders United” Rebrands Itself

Becoming Bigger Than What I am: “FYA Leaders United” Rebrands Itself On April 27, this year’s crop of FYA youth council members participated in their third conference call in 2016. As some of our network’s most promising youth leaders, members commit to facilitating a total of 16 conference calls in 2016. Currently, 19 members represent […]

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May 11, 2016

Spotlight: An Interview with FYA Youth Leader Destiny on Becoming an Advocate

Spotlight: An Interview with FYA Youth Leader Destiny on Becoming an Advocate FYA shines a spotlight on one of our brightest youth voices: Destiny Landry from Springfield, Massachusetts. Destiny is a member of HEROES, a network partner expressly committed to empowering foster youth to become advocates, educators, and peer supporters. Destiny has made a name […]

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December 24, 2015

News from FYA founding member Oregon Foster Youth Connection

Oregon Foster Youth Connection Youth Leaders Katie Robinson and Nicole Stapp appointed by OR Gov. Kate Brown to State Advisory Committee to improve Child Welfare System. FYA is so glad to see state officials bringing Oregon youth voices to the table! Go here to read the article in the Portland Tribune.

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December 24, 2015

Missed the Group Homes Webinar on 12/16/15? View the recording here!

Missed our HOT TOPICS webinar on Congregate Care? Youth Leaders from California Youth Connection (CYC) and Florida Youth Shine brought us up to speed on their state-level group home advocacy, and Alice Bussiere from Youth Law Center and Sean Hughes broke down for us the broader state and policy issues related to congregate care. Important, […]

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December 14, 2015

2015 Leaders for Change Conference a Great Success!

I can say the Leaders for Change Conference was the best conference I have ever been to. At the end, I felt knowledgeable, liberated, and empowered.   – Youth Attendee This year’s Leaders for Change conference comprised the largest group of foster youth advocates to ever convene in Washington, DC. In October 2015, more than 80 […]

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December 14, 2015

FYA HOT TOPICS WEBINAR: GROUP HOMES

WHEN: Wednesday, December 16th at 4 PM PST / 6 PM CST / 7 PM EST TIME: ONE HOUR OUR PANELISTS: * Joy Anderson, policy coordinator with foster youth advocacy group CALIFORNIA YOUTH CONNECTION * Youth leaders and staff with foster youth advocacy group FLORIDA YOUTH SHINE * Staff Attorney Alice Bussiere, YOUTH LAW CENTER […]

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June 8, 2015

Hawaii Foster Youth Leader Discusses Trauma-informed Care with Senate Caucus

  On May 27th, 2015, Brianne Lyn Nagmine, a youth leader with FYA partner Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition, shared her story and perspective about the importance of trauma-informed training for those who work with foster youth at the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Panel Discussion on Trauma-informed Care. Below is her story. Thanks to the Congressional Caucus […]

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March 19, 2015

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

  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 […]

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March 4, 2015

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

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, […]

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March 4, 2015

Youth-led Advocacy on Psychotropic Medication in Foster Care

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 […]

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