Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) will be participating in the first-ever Shadow Day on Capitol Hill for foster youth, which will be held tomorrow, Thursday, May 31st. Hosted by the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, current and former foster youth from across the nation will spend the day accompanying Members of Congress in an effort to help them understand the inner workings of the House of Representatives, learn about the legislative initiatives related to foster care, and share their stories with policymakers. Hastings will be shadowed by Breon Callins of Florida and Goldie Brown of Washington, D.C.
"I am honored to be participating in the first-ever Shadow Day on Capitol Hill for foster youth. This will be a great opportunity not only for these youth to better understand the policy process and government, but also for them to have their stories heard by policymakers.
"These current and former foster youth have the insight and experience to enlighten us on how to better address the issues and challenges faced by children in the foster care system. In April, I was proud to host a stop of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth's nationwide listening tour, where former and current foster youth opened many eyes and ears with their stories.
"I believe that these youth can become instruments for change. Getting foster youth involved in the policy process through initiatives such as Shadow Day allows them to do just that so that we can strengthen the child welfare system and improve the overall well-being of youth and families."