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 firstname.lastname@example.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