We are working to drastically change the systemic challenges that youth—specifically older or “transition-age” youth (TAY) of color—who are or have been involved with the foster care system experience.

Atlanta Ambassadors

#CARES4Power

Follow us on Instagram to learn more about our work, our Ambassadors, and the policies we are building to advance change for all transition age youth.

This month, we honor and focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. But Black history is American history and should not be relegated to a single month of the year, but rather be celebrated and integrated into all facets of life (and all places of learning) all year long. 
  
In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson chose February for Black History Month observance because of the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (February 14th), both of which Black communities had celebrated since the late 19th century. 
  
Though we strive to acknowledge the accomplishments of all communities during the year, this month we encourage you to take time to learn and honor the history of the Black diaspora with a lens toward how this history shows up in our everyday lives. We should also be cognizant of the attempts to erase the contributions of Black people in our society and be committed to combatting anti-Black racism. Learn more about this observance, as well as ways to get involved, here: https://www.blackhistorymonth.gov/
Why is it so hard for young adults to find comfort, reliable transport, and groceries? Navigating daily challenges shouldn’t be a constant struggle. Let’s reimagine systems and the supports we owe young people. Explore our policy agenda for recommendations and proposals that will ensure a brighter future. #EconomicJustice #FamilyAutonomy
From narratives to creative solutions: our community analysis report highlights the journey of youth transitioning out of foster care and dives into the structural challenges communities face in supporting transition age youth. CARES is committed to creating intentional environments for yougn people to thrive, ensuring access to opportunities and support for their lives. Check out the full report. Link in bio. #CARES #EconomicJustice #HealthJustice #FamilyAutonomy
As a champion of the Young Adult Tax Credit, @repmcgarvey knows that a guaranteed income and financial security is critical for future success. Transition age youth exiting the foster care are even more in need of policies like this; last week Senator McGarvey’s office met with @cares4power Ambassadors to discuss our new policy agenda, which has recommendations that reimagine how policy can and should support young people—including those that will support young people’s economic security.

Thank you Congressman McGarvey for your unyielding support of policies that will truly support young people and help them thrive—including policies named in our agenda which demand young people have access to: meaningful employment; affordable and responsive child care; affordable housing; supports that promote mental health and well-being; and meaningful connections to supportive adults.

#Ideas2Action #movingforward #movingforwardtogether #policychange #fostercare #fostercareawareness #advocacy #advocacyinaction #employment #economicmobility
@senbobcasey knows how incredibly crucial access to mental health and financial supports are for all people—especially those who have been most marginalized by systems and policies. Last week, his office met with CARES Ambassadors to talk in more detail about our policy recommendations for a nation that truly CARES for young people.

Like Senator Casey, we believe that we owe people a mental health and well-being guarantee in the form of a comprehensive health insurance program that includes mental AND behavioral health.

#ideas2action #movingforward #MovingForwardTogether #policychange #fostercare #fostercareawareness #advocacy #AdvocacyInAction #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #healthandwellness #wellbeing #behavioralhealth

(@ctrsocialpolicy )
Last week, @repgwenmoore delivered the keynote address at our Constituent Convening. Congresswoman Moore is a long-standing advocate for equity, focusing her career on serving children, youth, and families particularly when it comes to improving economic and employment conditions. Congresswoman Moore shares our goal of advancing policies that promote youth well-being, mental health, stable housing, and economic security, including through advancing the Worker Relief and Credit Reform (WRCR) Act, a bill that would reform the Earned Income Tax Credit to ensure that young adults and caregivers are eligible for the benefit.

As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, Congresswoman Moore works to ensure that all young people in care and aging-out have access to the supports and resources they need to thrive. We are grateful for her leadership in advancing justice and her words of inspiration as our @cares4power Ambassadors continue working to make real changes in the policies that most affect their lives.

#Ideas2Action #movingforward #movingforwardtogether #policychange #fostercare #fostercareawareness #advocacy #advocacyinaction

(@ctrsocialpolicy) 
2d
@rep_kamlagerdove is a fierce advocate for families and co-chairs the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, working to ensure that all young people in care and aging-out have access to the supports and resources they need to thrive. Last week, CARES Ambassadors met with her office to discuss our new policy agenda, which has recommendations that reimagine how policy can and should support young people including through advancing policies that promote youth well-being, mental health, stable housing, and economic security.

We are grateful for champions like Congresswoman Kamlager-Dove for their unyielding support of and work for transition age youth exiting the foster care system.

#Ideas2Action #movingforward #movingforwardtogether #policychange #fostercare #fostercareawareness #advocacy #advocacyinaction

@ctrsocialpolicy

Recent Blogs

Pathways to Independence — Supporting Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

This month, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and Creating Real and Actionable Solutions (CARES), a CSSP initiative funded by the Conrad Hilton Foundation, submitted written testimony that addresses strategies to…

more.

Breaking the Chains of Trauma

This topic is intriguing when you think about it. Youth are in foster care for a reason; they don’t have the two most influential people in their lives (their parents), or they do, but…

more.