By John Kelly, August 30, 2019, for Chronicle for Social Change
The Chronicle of Social Change is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.
The program is overseen each summer by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Each of the FYI participants crafted a policy recommendation during their time in Washington, D.C.
Today we highlight the recommendation of Anna Zhang, 23, a graduate of Florida A&M University.
Zhang calls for steps aimed at making states get foster care placements right the first time more often. She would require states to develop specific strategies for matching kids and foster parents in their diligent recruitment plans, and describe in other required federal documentation how they are building partnerships between biological families and foster parents.