Recommended Federal Actions to Help Older Youth in and Aging Out of Foster Care in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Jennifer Pokempner,

Juvenile Law Center today joined national advocates in urging Congress to take action to help older foster youth in and aging out of foster care. Many of these young people have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, and are at risk of becoming homeless and losing services and supports at a time that they need them the most. In this letter, advocates ask Congress to include in its next COVID-19 relief bill provisions that would provide support for these young people so they can make it through this crisis, stay healthy and thrive.

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.