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Council Member Writes Blog For United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Cortney Jones spent 10 years in and out of the Texas foster care system, and joined the National Foster Youth and Alumni Policy Council in October of 2014. Youth homelessness is an issue close to Cortney's heart. She recently wrote a blog for the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness highlighting the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. Since aging out of care, Cortney has been advocating for foster youth by volunteering and motivational speaking.

Crossover youth & homelessness priorities presented to federal agencies

On October 5, 2015, Council members gathered in Washington D.C. to share their policy priorities around youth who crossover to the Juvenile Justice systems and youth experiencing homelessness. Council members met with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, and the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families.

Council members share priorities around reducing vulnerability & transition planning

Council members of the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council met on October 9, 2012, with the George Sheldon, Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families, to discuss reducing foster youth vulnerability to predators and transition planning challenges.The Council presented two series of priorities to Sheldon and various federal stakeholders. The priorities were compiled using poll results administered to youth and alumni of foster care. The Council established small work groups to discuss poll results, review other relevant research, and identify policy priorities.

Five ideas: the first set of priorities shared with the administration for children and families

At the inaugural meeting of the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council in February 2012, Council members discussed a wide range of ideas about how to improve the foster care system. In a meeting with the Administration for Children and Families, Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon asked Council members to develop a list of five ideas that his team could begin to consider right away. The Council created a list of ideas that represented the concepts that were most discussed among Council members and voted on these ideas, narrowing to a list of the five top choices.