Summer 2016 Grant Recipient #3: CCAI Foster Youth Internship Program
for July 5th, 2016
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute: Foster Youth Internship Program (United States)
Grant to be Awarded: $25,000
The Foster Youth Internship Program supports young adults who have spent much of their lives in the foster care system. The FYI Program began in 2003 as an effort to raise awareness to federal policymakers about the needs and unique perspectives of those who spent time in foster care. Throughout the summer, the FYI Program interns research policy issues affecting foster children across the country. These experiences allow the interns to create a policy report that is presented at a congressional briefing and released to child welfare advocates across the country.
The Foster Youth Internship Program is an initiative of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. CCAI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right to a family.
This internship experience is invaluable both to the foster youth interns, as it gives them training and opportunities for a successful future that they would never receive outside of this program, as well as the policy report they generate is incredibly important to lawmakers to gain insight into how better they can meet the needs of the children in foster care in our country.
The program cost $25,000 per intern. This cost covers all of their travel and living expenses during their time in D.C. as well as the costs of training, counselors, supplies, etc. that they need while they are there. CCAI brings twelve interns in each summer.