Now Accepting Applications!
Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA) and FosterClub are now accepting applications for the National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council (NFCYAPC).
Young leaders who have lived experience in the child welfare system (including foster care, adoption, and kinship/relative care) and are between the ages of 18-26 are eligible to apply.
Learn more about the work of Council members below.
We would be pleased if organizations working with young people would consider encouraging a youth or alumni of foster care to apply. You can share using the link below.
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Application Deadline - Feb 20, 2020 by Midnight
Notification of application status -
March 22, 2020 Updated: 1st week of April
In- person meeting for accepted applicants - April 2020, Washington DC. Update: Due to COVID-19, the April meeting will be postponed. Council members (new and current) will convene virtually in April for orientation and collective work.
If you have additional questions please email: NPC@fostercarealumni.org
To learn more about eligibility requirements see below:
Council members are between the ages of 18 and 26 at the start of their service. 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, self-drive and require minimal supervision
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
This round, the Council will welcome up to 4 new members. 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 a 24-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 (one per year, and a monthly council phone call; 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
- Become an active ambassador of the Council's priorities by identifying opportunities to share the priorities developed within their state / tribe / jurisdiction.
- 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
Learn more about the National Foster Youth & Alumni Policy Council at nationalpolicycouncil.org!