February 09, 2014// News

Foster Youth Meet with Elected Officials to Call for Sibling Visitation Rights

SACRAMENTO – California Youth Connection (CYC) is comprised of current and former foster youth ages 14 to 24 who advocate for state policy and legislative change. CYC hosts “Day at the Capitol,” an annual three day conference where youth advocate for important issues affecting their lives. Traveling from rural towns and cities near and far, 150 current and former foster youth will meet with lawmakers to discuss the need to improve sibling visitation for youth in the California foster care system. This year Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Senate President pro Tempore, has agreed to author CYC’s sponsor bill to improve the facilitation of sibling visitation for foster youth.
WHAT: Annual Day at the Capitol (DAC) Conference for current & former foster youth WHEN: Monday – February 10th, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm
WHERE: California State Capitol, West Steps 10th St. & Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA (in case of rain the press conference and rally will be held in the Capitol, room 4202).

CYC youth will rally at the State Capitol West Steps at 12:00pm. There, they will be joined by guest speakers Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Kathy Dresslar, Chief of Staff to Senator Darrell Steinberg.  Recognized as the 2014 California Youth Connection Outstanding Foster Care Reform Leaders, award recipients will be County of Humboldt Department of Health & Human Services Director, Phillip R. Crandall and Assistant Director of Programs, Barbara LaHaie, and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

Following the rally, youth will visit their representatives’ offices to discuss new legislation that aims to address the issues existing law fails to cover and help siblings maintain these important connections with one another.

Media Contact: Tiffany Johnson, California Youth Connection Cell: 415-760-9044
Email: tiffany@calyouthconn.org