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 Emily Satifka, 23, a junior at Temple University who entered the Pennsylvania foster care system at age 10.
Amend the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act to establish two timelines for the health care plans of foster youth:
- Screenings for physical, mental and oral health must occur within 30 days of entry into the foster care system
- “Comprehensive assessments” for physical, mental and oral health must occur within 60 days of entry into the foster care system