From: The Honorable Karen Bass
Sent By: takijah.randolph@mail.house.gov
Date: 3/2/2016

Save the Date: Tentatively May 25, 2016

Host a Foster Youth for a Day on Capitol Hill! 

To sign up your Member for Shadow Day, Please click here!

Dear Colleague,

The Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth is excited to announce the fifth annual Foster Youth Shadow Day in honor of National Foster Care Month this May. We hope that you will participate by granting foster youth an opportunity to shadow you from approximately 4 hours this May 25, 2016.

This event will provide an opportunity for foster youth to experience the fundamentals of the United States Congress. Members will help foster youth see themselves as leaders and create opportunities for them to explore future careers here in Washington.

Each Member of Congress will be paired with one current foster youth or foster alumnus (young adult) between the ages of 18 and 24 from the Member’s district. We ask that the youth spend as much time as possible directly with the Member, but we understand that some private time might be needed.

We are working closely with nationwide foster youth organizations to ensure a positive experience for participating youth. The Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth is excited to host this event and we encourage you to host a foster youth for the day!

To sign-up to host a foster youth, please fill out the interest form here! If you have questions, please contact Ta’Kijah Randolph in the office of Representative Karen Bass at TaKijah.Randolph@mail.house.gov  or 202-225-7084. A more detailed schedule of events and logistical information will be provided to offices interested in participating. Deadline to register for the 2016 Shadow Day is Thursday, March 31, 2015.

Background on the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth:

Launched in 2011, the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth provides a forum for Members of Congress to discuss and develop policy recommendations to strengthen the child welfare system and improve the overall well-being of youth and families throughout the United States. Caucus Members engage in both community outreach and legislative action. Members actively inform their understanding of the challenges and best practices facing foster youth and families through participating in a Nationwide Listening Tour. In turn, Members have applied these experiences on the Hill by introducing strategic bipartisan legislation that has been signed into law and positively impacted foster youth and families. For more information and a list of Members, check out our website: www.fosteryouthcaucus.org.

 

Sincerely,

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KAREN BASS                                             TOM MARINO

Member of Congress                                    Member of Congress

Foster Youth Caucus Co-Chair                       Foster Youth Caucus Co-Chair

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JIM MCDERMOTT                                        DIANE BLACK

Member of Congress                                     Member of Congress

Foster Youth Caucus Co-Chair                       Foster Youth Caucus Co-Chair

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JIM LANGEVIN                                             TRENT FRANKS

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

Foster Youth Caucus Co-Chair                        Foster Youth Caucus Co-Chair

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