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Membership & Nominations


Members of the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council are nominated by a partner organization. Every Fall and Spring, the Council staff distributes an invitation and a nomination form to partner organizations. Partner organizations are encouraged to invite nominees to submit an interest form, which is included in the nomination invitation. Partner organizations should turn in the nomination form, the nominee interest form, and the nominee’s resume by following the instructions in the invitation.










Council members are between the ages of 18 and 26 at the start of their service. Two seats are reserved specifically for older alumni who will bring the valuable perspective that comes with distance from the foster care experience and from progressing through life (through career, relationship, home ownership, parenting, etc.), and knowledge about how the foster care experience impacts a person later in life. All members must:

  • Have personal experience in the foster care system (including all out-of-home placements, facilities, kinship placements, shelters, etc.)
  • Demonstrate the capacity to participate in a leadership position involving child welfare policy (for example, through active leadership on a Youth Advisory Board or Youth Council)
  • Gain permission to travel and be photographed, including ability to obtain required permissions from foster care agency if in extended care
  • Demonstrate responsibility and require minimal supervision
  • Willing to submit to a criminal background check


Members of the Council will serve as a representative group for young people who have personal experience in the foster care system. The role of the Council members include (but are not limited to):

  • Utilizing their knowledge of the child welfare system from their personal experiences as well as their advocacy work to inform federal stakeholders on the current state of youth in foster care
  • Reviewing programs and policies to ensure they are achieving their established goals and objectives
  • Responding to legislation and policies that impact youth in foster care
  • Recommending methods to resolve issues and concerns involving youth in care

Council members serve an 18 month term beginning during the month of the first full group meeting following the new member's acceptance of their invitation. The responsibilities of Council members are to:

  • Attend in-person Council meetings (two per year; meeting dates will be provided in-advance and staff will be pleased to work with Council member employers and/or schools to arrange participation)
  • Join at least one active workgroup upon orientation
  • Attend at least 75% of the workgroup meetings (in the form of conference calls every other week)
  • Maintain professional conduct throughout their term of service
  • Articulate ideas and solutions regarding youth issues and concern
  • Interact constructively with peers in a group setting