Posts tagged "Advocacy"
Not Knowing Your Rights is Like Having No Rights At All

Not Knowing Your Rights is Like Having No Rights At All

Oregon’s Foster Youth Bill of Rights Demonstrates the Power of Youth-Led Advocacy By Pamela Butler, Child Welfare Policy Manager, Children First for Oregon On June 27, Governor John Kitzhaber signed Senate Bill 123 into law, establishing a Foster Youth Bill of Rights for children in Oregon. The bill passed both the House and Senate with unanimous...
It Takes a Village to Pass a Bill: Nebraska’s Young Adult Voluntary Services and Support Act

It Takes a Village to Pass a Bill: Nebraska’s Young Adult Voluntary Services and Support Act

By Sarah Helvey, J.D., M.S., Child Welfare Program Director, Nebraska Appleseed Earlier this month, Nebraska joined the growing list of more than a dozen other states in creating a program of extended services and support to age 21 for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood – an opportunity provided under the federal Fostering...

Sometimes Patience Is Your Most Powerful Advocacy Tool

Guest post by Melissa Rock, Child Welfare Policy Director, Advocates for Children and Youth (Maryland) Knowledge, commitment, and persistence are great attributes of a strong advocate. However, it never surprises me how patience is just as important. Let me explain. This year, we checked the “win” column more than once for foster youth. One stand-out victory was...