Do you know a former foster youth who wants to make a difference?

The deadline for CCAI’s 2011 Foster Youth Internship program is this Friday, January 7th.  The FYI program brings former (or current) foster youth to Washington, DC for a summer internship in a Member of Congress’ office.  During the program, interns gain valuable work experience while sharing their ideas for improving the foster care system with federal policymakers and advocates.  CCAI also coordinates events throughout the summer, including networking lunches to weekend retreats.  Please encourage the former foster youth you know to apply to this life-changing experience.  Here are what people are saying about the program:


“Spending all summer in Washington, DC advocating for foster youth all over the nation will forever be one of the greatest memories in my life” -Mason, FYI 2008





“CCAI opened doors and provided incredible opportunities for me.” -Keshia, FYI 2009





“The staff at CCAI and my fellow interns will forever be in my heart. This experience was nothing short of amazing.” – Markus, FYI 2010


To be eligible to participate, youth must have completed at least 4 semesters of college or vocational school by May 31, 2011, and must have spent at least 24 consecutive months in foster care at any point in their lives.  Visit the ‘Apply to FYI’ page for more information and the application.

If you missed the video about the program, be sure to watch it here.

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The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.

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