National Foster Care
Youth & Alumni Policy Council

We serve to provide federal stakeholders with relevant and timely information as policies and procedures are created that will affect children and families throughout the country. The Council represents a collective viewpoint of youth and alumni who have experienced the child welfare system first-hand.

About the Council:

The National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council convenes to provide federal stakeholders with relevant and timely information as policies and procedures are created that will impact children and families throughout the country. The Council represents a collective viewpoint of youth and alumni who have personal experience in the foster care system.

The Council advises by:

  • Using their experiences in foster care to identify and inform priorities and offer ideas to improve child welfare policy
  • Educating policymakers and other stakeholders about their varied experiences in foster care
  • Analyzing effectiveness of programs and policies based on the experiences of youth in foster care


​The Council consists of 20 members geographically distributed across the country, reflecting a broad range of diversity encompassing, but not limited to, ethnicity, location of residency, religion and gender, and child welfare experiences.

The Council advises child welfare stakeholders by:   

  • Commenting on legislation and policies that impact youth in foster care;
  • Proposing policies to improve the lives of youth;
  • Monitoring and measuring the effectiveness of programs and policies.

The Council is a project in partnership between Foster Care Alumni of America and FosterClub, with generous support from Casey Family Programs.  


      Our Policy Priorities

      Click on a topic below to see an overview of the Policy Priorities.  For each topic you will find a link to a PDF document that details the Council's priorities.


      What's New:


      The Council is a project in partnership: