This session is for individuals and agencies looking to expand their advocacy and public awareness efforts in partnership with true experts – the youth who have experienced foster care, kinship care, and/or adoption. Learn the basics of development, promotion and maintenance of public speaking team(s) of adopted/foster/kin youth. Engaging youth and young adults in such a “team” provides an increased sense of belonging while simultaneously giving young people the skills to advocate for themselves and others. Based upon the principles of positive youth development, advocacy teams are highly effective in creating a supportive community for youth, raising public awareness, guiding improvements in practice and promoting system change.
Presented by Kim Stevens, NACAC and Nathan Ross, NACAC. 2014.