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                                                        Questions and Answers with CWLA Staff
                                   Lily Eagle Dorman Colby, Foster Youth Outreach Coordinator


CWLA’s new foster youth outreach coordinator entered foster care due to her parents’           What will you be doing in your
drug abuse and mental illness. Despite struggling with dyslexia, she graduated high            new role at CWLA?
school as an honors student. She eventually became a foster parent to her autistic             Last summer I was as an intern in CWLA’s
brother, and she now attends Yale University.                                                  public policy department. I really wanted
   Dorman Colby is determined to improve the foster care system. She has written               to work on the White House Conference
a handbook for foster youth about how to apply for college, and she served as an               on Children and Youth. This is a bill that
AmeriCorps volunteer helping first-generation college-bound youth apply for college.           would bring about a presidential conference
To get involved with her efforts, contact voice@cwla.org.                                      on children and youth. The conference
                                                                                               would have a long process leading up
Can you talk about your                         one of my foster mothers almost lost her       to it, during which child welfare experts,
experiences in foster care?                     license because she didn’t have a lid on       social workers, foster youth, and foster
                                                the garbage can when I was 17 years old.       parents would give recommendations for
    went permanently into foster care

I   when I was 12. I went through five
    homes in the first couple of years.
I went from two friends’ families to
                                                    Some of these rules prevent kids
                                                from learning how to be independent.
                                                For example, at 17 technically you’re not
                                                allowed to be home alone, but then by
                                                                                               change. The White House Conference
                                                                                               would talk about that reform and make
                                                                                               recommendations for federal policy reform.
                                                                                                    During my internship, I reached out
two foster homes. The first was a really
                                                18 you’re completely on your own. It’s         to youth to get them involved in the call for
restrictive environment and then the
second foster home was a really friendly        a ridiculous expectation; you have a           a White House Conference. I contacted a
environment. The commute to school              lot of kids who are not allowed to gain        number of foster youth-serving organizations
was really difficult to and from that sec-      responsibility and not allowed to do           like the Orphan Fou
				
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Description: Questions and Answers with CWLA CWLAs new foster youth outreach coordinator entered foster care due to her parents' drug abuse and mental illness. The conference would have a long process leading up to it, during which child welfare experts, social workers, foster youth, and foster parents would give recommendations for change.
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