Older youth, including transition-aged youth, in foster care, are most vulnerable during this public health pandemic because of placement instability, placement in congregate settings, disruptions to their education and employment, social isolation, and lack of access to health. This population is not able to rely on families for support and often will depend on the child welfare system for safety, health, and well-being.

To address the immediate needs of youth and to ensure that they are not forgotten during the COVID-19 national emergency, many organizations are urging the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Congress to include essential funding and policies in the fourth Coronavirus relief package and guidance for states. These recommendations include: Increased funding for the Chafee program, allowing youth to stay in care beyond the age limit during the pandemic and health emergency, and support for youth on campuses and other independent living arrangements.

CWLA joins other national advocacy organizations to lift these critical recommendations in addressing the immediate needs of current or former foster youth. Foster Care Alumni of America also shared their campaign urging the Governor of Illinois to support older youth in care.

Foster Youth in Action (FYA) and Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA) are hosting Sunday Restorative Hour for anyone who is currently or has ever been in foster care. This hour is a dedicated space led by and for anyone with lived experience in the foster care system. It is time to be in community, share what’s on your heart, and connect before the week ahead.