Foster Youth to Speak at CASA's January Networking Meeting

 Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores

Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores

On January 18th, members of the San Mateo County Foster Youth Advisory Board (FYAB) and California Youth Connection (CYC) will be presenting at our monthly networking meeting. 

Getting direct feedback from clients is critical to the success of any enterprise.  The same applies to serving children and youth in foster care.  Recognizing this, San Mateo County has helped develop a Foster Youth Advisory Board (FYAB). FYAB is composed entirely of former and current foster youth, who partner with the county's Department of Children and Family Services and provide feedback on county policies, services, and priorities.  By participating in this advisory body, youth are educated about the complicated details of child welfare policy and services while having a direct say in how their services are delivered. 

Of course, the FYAB would not exist without the tireless advocacy of the California Youth Connection (CYC), which is a chapter-based statewide youth organization that harnesses the energy and wisdom of current and former foster to transform the foster care system through legislative and policy change. 

We are honored that these two critical voices of foster youth in our community will be speaking to our volunteers this month.  We are looking forward to strengthening our connection with both groups.