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Chicago and the First NFYI Movement Building Intestive in the Midwest

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First, let me start by saying sorry for neglecting you over the past week. I know some of you been waiting for something to read and let me say I been running out of things to write about, but those days are now over with. Last week, I had the opportunity to go to Chicago for the first ever Movement Building Intestive(MBI) with the National Foster Youth Institute(NFYI), and experience Chicago for the first time. The NFYI is a non-profit that aim to transform the child welfare system and vastly improve the outcome for foster youth by empowering the youth, and their families. It was a long and tiring weekend, but it was worth it because I gain a lot of skills, and knowledge to help build the movement. Throughout my time in Chicago, me and two other people were representing Wisconsin and some of the things we would talk about to the other individuals that represented their states were the key issues that are affecting Wisconsin child welfare system, but that was the beginning of a long weekend. My favorite part about the MBI was the panel from the Los Angeles NFYI leadership core. They talked about a numerous of things, but my favorite being proposal HHH and measure H. Proposal HHH is a bill that brings awareness to the homeless population and on Nov 8 the people of Los Angeles passed the 1.2 billion dollar proposal to fix the homeless situation by building 10,000 homes for the homeless. Measure H is a proposal that was passed by the people of Los Angelos to prevent homelessness and provide services to the people that are. Another thing that was talked about on the panel that was interesting was Ab-12. Ab-12 is a bill that extends foster care to the age 21 and helps out foster youth who’s having a difficult time re-entering care. If you want to know more about these bills here are the links: Measure HHH, Measure HAb-12. Will I ever go back to Chicago? No. Will I ever go to another MBI? Yes. I won’t go to Chicago anymore because it’s a mess. Chicago is just too big for me, with their congested streets, congested sidewalks, and their high prices for everything. If there’s ever another MBI hosted in Chicago, then I’ll be willing to go back, but until then people that live in Chicago won’t ever see my faces again.

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From Foster Care to White House

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Meet Mickey Ibarra, a political veteran who climbed from humble beginning in salt lake city to an advisory position in the white house. Mickey Ibarra is a former foster youth, and for the first 15 years of life, him and his brother were without a traditional family. Mickey and his brother David move to Utah to be with their father when they were 15 years old, and from their father, they learned the value of hard work. Mickey stated, “The decision to leave Utah, reuniting with my father, was a game changer for both David and I.” Mickey also stated, “Doing so gave us the opportunity to gain self-awareness and help us find the identity missing in our life’s. Personally, I love stories like these because as a former foster youth I need to know that there’s hope for me, but if you want to know more about Mickey story here is the link: From Foster Care to White House

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LA Considers Foster Care Bill of Rights

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Starting this year, California is rolling out a set of new laws known as Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) that will change the state’s foster care system by shifting away from a reliance on group homes. Instead, the state aims to place more children in a family setting, as well as improving access to mental health services. Laura Lomeli (in the picture), a former foster youth, has seen how the system can fail to keep youth informed about their rights. Lomeli, now 22, said she lacked knowledge about what her rights were and what services were available to here while in foster care. Lomeli expressed optimism about the motion, and she hopes to play a part in crafting the legislation. If you want to know more about the LA Foster Care Bill of Right here is the link: LA Foster Care Bill of Rights

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Missouri Governor to Reverse Cuts to Foster Care Families

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Governor Eric Greitner on Thursday said he reversing cuts to foster-care families that he approved at an earlier day. Governor Eric Greitner called the cuts a “Mistake”. Sluggish revenue growth and rising healthcare cost were the governor’s reason why signing the bill in June. A spokesman for the governor’s office said $370,00 in general revenue needed to avert the 1.5 percent cuts to foster-care payments is coming from savings expected to come from moving children more quickly to permanent homes. I think the governor must have received some backlash on the cut and that’s why he quickly reversing the cut. I don’t why he did what he did, but the foster care system could always use more money and for him to try to take it away was the wrong move. If you want to know more about this story here is the link: Missouri Governor Reversing Cuts to the Foster Care System

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Senate Bill 213 (Former Criminals to become Foster Parents)

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Holly Mitchelle of Los Angeles proposed the senate bill 213, which would allow former criminals be foster parents. Holly stated the senate bill 213 is part of a broader effort to reduce the use of group homes for foster kids and place more with relatives. The California Welfare Director Association and Los Angeles County are backing the bill because they believe the bill would fast track some background reviews, and it would allow kids to be placed with family on an emergency basis. The Senate bill 213 is a stepping stone to eliminating the foster care system. Everyone makes mistakes in life including yourself, but if it happened 10-20 years ago, then that mistake should be forgotten, and that person should be allowed to have his or her niece despite what happen years ago. If you want to know more about this story here is the link: Senate Bill 213

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“Back to School” Backpack Drive

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In Farmington, Mo at the Presbyterian church, a ministry group is hosting a “back to school” backpack drive for children in foster care on July 22 from 10am-2pm. If you live in the area and think you could lend a helping hand then I encourage you to. I’m spreading the word because it’s something positive, and I could remember my days in foster care when it was hard for me to find a pencil for class. Shouldn’t no one experience not having a pencil for an education especially a child. If you want to know more about how you can help here is the link: Back to School Drive. Remember to spread the word!

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Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Board Need Volunteers

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If you live in the state of Kentucy 71 counties are looking for volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. This would be the perfect opportunity for someone that’s a big advocate for the foster care system or someone that’s just looking for volunteer hours. All potential volunteers must consent to a criminal record and central registry check, and all volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session. If you want to know more about the work that needed and the application to get started the link is: Citizen Foster Care Review Board