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New law includes normalcy & vulnerability priorities

On September 29, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980). This new law takes important steps forward in preventing vulnerable foster youth from becoming victims of trafficking as well as protecting youth whom have become victims.

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.