CLM Highlights Opportunities to Improve Outcomes for Young Adults Exiting the State’s Child Welfare System

On March 14th, CLM and partners held a legislative briefing at the Massachusetts State House and called for increased support for Massachusetts’ transition age youth through the adoption of key legislation and budget investments. The briefing featured young adults directly advocating to policymakers for the supports, resources, and systemic changes needed for youth exiting the child welfare system to achieve success and independence. All three youth speakers shared powerful stories on how the inclusion of consistent, tailored, and trauma-informed support from community-based providers was the defining factor in achieving their goals.

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Congratulations to NOSAC’s own Ohio Children’s Alliance on winning the 2023 Aging Out Institute Award. 

Winning an AOI National Award is a significant accomplishment. The applications are judged by peers who work in the field of child welfare who assess each program based on specific judging criteria,” said Lynn Tonini, Founder and Executive Director of Aging Out Institute. “The programs that won awards this year are doing amazing things to support youth aging out of foster care. We are extremely pleased that we are able to provide monetary prizes for the winning organizations to contribute toward their services for their transition age youth

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Illinois Collaboration on Youth Partners with Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children-All Families Initiative

One hopeful note that came from the research brief was about how a positive, accepting adult could be a protective factor for young people, and significantly cut their risk of suicide. This led us to the All Children-All Families program at Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which is doing amazing work guiding community organizations working in foster care, adoptions, and community-based youth services to be affirming and inclusive,

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