Child Welfare Ideas From the Experts, #7: Parental Contact after Termination

The Chronicle of Social Change is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 11 former foster youths who completed Congressional internships. The program is overseen each summer by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, with support from the Sara Start Fund.

Each of the FYI participants crafted a carefully researched policy recommendation during their time in Washington. Today, we highlight the recommendation of Jane Krienke, 24, a recent Truman State University graduate from Kirksville, Mo.


The Proposal

Amend the Adoption and Safe Families Act to give foster youths the power to make decisions about contact with biological families in the instance of an involuntary termination of parental rights (TPR).

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