On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, the National Foster Youth Initiative (NFYI) and Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) held a briefing on the Foster Youth and Driving Act. The bill has been reintroduced by House Ways and Means Subcommittee Ranking Member Danny K. Davis (D-IL) and Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Co-chair Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE).

The panel of speakers included Dr. Sabrena M. Jackson, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Educational Programs and Student Services at the University of Alabama, Kristen Torres, Legislative Assistant for Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), and Gerry Glynn, Chief Legal Officer for Embrace Families. Each panelist provided detail on what they have been doing in their respective states to help reduce the number of barriers foster youth face when it comes to driving. Following their presentations, Duane Price, a young man who has been in foster care, shared his personal experience and highlighted the significant positive impact of obtaining his driver’s license.

“We are committed to making sure youth get driver licenses,” stated Congressman Danny K. Davis as he addressed the room. He encouraged everyone to remain persistent and stay engaged and involved until young people have access to their own means of transportation.

By Miyah Jones, Policy Intern