Older Youth State-Based Administrative, Executive or Legislative Requests to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

Jennifer Pokempner,

This document includes a list of policies that advocates around the county are seeking to implement to support and meet the needs of older youth in and from  the child welfare system during the COVID-19 crisis. Examples include: placing a moratorium on discharging youth between ages 18 and 21 from the child welfare system, providing additional time for services and supports, and ensuring that young people have planning that responds to the crisis, including having access to technology, medical care, and that their basic needs are met.

These reforms could be sought through requests to the Governor, the state or local child welfare agency director, or to the state legislature.  We will continue to add to this list and encourage colleagues to submit ideas.

About the Expert

Jennifer Pokempner is a Senior Attorney at Juvenile Law Center. At Juvenile Law Center, her work focuses on improving outcomes and opportunities for older youth in the foster care system through policy and legal advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.