In 2016, NACAC created a Youth Advisory Team to ensure that we can highlight and learn from young people who have experienced foster care and adoption. In addition to advising NACAC and supporting our work to enhance youth advocacy efforts in the US and Canada, the Youth Advisory Team is available to consult with others in the field about issues facing youth who are or were in care or who have been adopted.
Members of NACAC’s Youth Advisory Team are available to help individuals and organizations seeking to improve and develop services for youth in foster care and adoption. NACAC can work with you, at no charge, to:
- provide input on documents, trainings, web sites, and other resources to ensure your products are reflective of the lived experiences of youth people
- serve on focus groups or panel presentations where youth voice is needed
- offer training on youth experiences in foster care and adoption
- help you develop youth support or advocacy networks
Team members are between the ages of 18 and 24 and represent a diversity of child welfare experiences and backgrounds from across the US and Canada. NACAC has provided them with advanced advocacy and public speaking training to reinforce their leadership skills and strengthen the quality of their direct service work.
NACAC is able to provide this resource and free technical assistance through the generous support of Jockey Being Family®.
If you would like to learn more about this and other services offered by NACAC’s Community Champions Network please contact Mercedes Zahler, NACAC’s youth engagement coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-644-3036 (x12).