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Youth Voice

National CASA works with its member programs and a network of nonprofits to help raise the voices of foster care alumni.

National CASA Publications

Podcasts: Find the following National CASA Youth Voice podcasts in the podcast archive.

  • Stories from Youth: An excerpt from the youth panel at the 2010 National CASA Annual Conference
  • Helping Youth Succeed - A former foster youth's story
  • Former Foster Youth Experience - Amanda
  • Foster Youth Experience - Jessica  

Also see The Connection magazine and Powerful Voice newsletter, National CASA publications that regularly feature the voices of young people.

Websites

  • California Youth Connection
    California Youth Connection (CYC) is guided, focused and driven by current and former foster youth with the assistance of other committed community members. CYC promotes the participation of foster youth in policy development and legislative change to improve the foster care system, and strives to improve social work practice and child welfare policy. 
  • Facing Foster Care in Alaska
    Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA) is a group of current foster youth and alumni that has formed to make improvements to the foster care system in Alaska.
  • Foster Care Alumni of America
    Foster Care Alumni of America is a national nonprofit association that has been founded and is led by alumni of the foster care system. The mission of FCAA is to connect the alumni community and to transform foster care policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care.
  • FosterClub
    FosterClub gives current and former foster youth a way to transform their lives and a forum for raising their voices. Through their FosterClub All-Stars summer internship program, a group of 18-24 year olds gain leadership and public speaking skills through training and experience.Their Transition Toolkit helps youth take inventory of current assets, identify resources and map out a plan. A valuable tool to help youth plan for a life filled with supportive adults is FosterClub’s Permanency Pact.  
  • Orphan Foundation of America
    The Orphan Foundation offers scholarships and grants and a summer internship program in Washington DC.
  • Youth Communication
    Youth Communication trains teens to write stories for their peers. They publish Represent magazine, written by and for young people in the foster care system.
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