MOVING FORWARD: A Post-Pandemic Blueprint for New York’s Foster Youth

MOVING FORWARD: A Post-Pandemic Blueprint for New York’s Foster YouthAs the country begins to recover and reopen, FYSA presents this report as a blueprint for how New York can respond to the post-pandemic needs of young people in care. Our goal is to improve their stability and expand support to ensure every young person from foster care is ready to move forward in a positive direction.

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Session #1: Executive Summary Webinar

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Eastern)

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How has COVID-19 affected the lives of young people in foster care?

As the country begins to recover and reopen, the Fostering Youth Success Alliance (FYSA) presents new findings from a recent survey, which examined the impact of this unprecedented health crisis on older foster youth (ages 18-26) across the state.

Join us for the first of four webinars dedicated to finding solutions that will improve stability and expand support to ensure every young person from foster care is ready to move forward in a positive direction.

 

Session #2: Housing Policy Webinar

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 • 10:00 am – 11:00 am (Eastern)

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What does it mean to be “homebound” when you are sleeping on a friend’s couch or in a shelter?

Nationally, 1 in 5 youth who age out of foster care will become homeless. Housing disruptions are especially precarious for former foster youth living in New York City, where rents are higher and safe living spaces are harder to find.

New York must expand access to reliable, affordable housing to protect young adults after they exit the state’s foster care system. Many of these young people will be living independently for the first time, and often can’t depend on family support to withstand emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fostering Youth Success Alliance (FYSA) invites you to the second of four webinars dedicated to finding solutions that will improve stability and expand support to ensure every young person from foster care is ready to move forward in a positive direction. During this session, FYSA will share a new Housing Policy Brief featuring findings from a recent survey, which examined the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on older foster youth (ages 18-26) across the state.

 

Session #3: Education Policy Webinar

September 29 2021 • 10:00 am – 11:00 am (Eastern)

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What happens when learning moves from the classroom to a computer screen?

During the pandemic, educators focused on minimizing learning loss for students amid the uncertainty and constraints of a global health crisis. Unfortunately, students with a foster care background were already working from a deficit position. For many years, child welfare advocates have called for increased support to address the well-documented educational achievement gap within this population.

The Fostering Youth Success Alliance (FYSA) invites you to the third of four webinars dedicated to finding solutions that will improve stability and expand support to ensure every young person from foster care is ready to move forward in a positive direction. During this session, FYSA will share a new Education Policy Brief featuring findings from a recent survey, which examined the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on older foster youth (ages 18-26) across the state.

 

Session #4: Health Care Policy Webinar

October 28, 2021 • 10:00 am – 11:00 am (Eastern)

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How do we make it easier for foster youth to get the medical and behavioral health care they need?

Gaps in health care can intensify pre-existing conditions for youth with a foster care background. Many have suffered prior trauma that has compromised their physical and emotional well-being. Although some of these young people may know about available health care resources, they often need more support navigating eligibility requirements, arranging appointments, and securing the pre-authorizations they need to resolve their health issues.

The Fostering Youth Success Alliance (FYSA) invites you to the final session of a four-part webinar series dedicated to finding solutions that will improve stability and expand support to ensure every young person from foster care is ready to move forward in a positive direction. During this session, FYSA will share a new Health Care Policy Brief featuring findings from a recent survey, which examined the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on older foster youth (ages 18-26) across the state.