MIAMI (AP) — Several Florida former foster youth are joining dozens of foster youth from around the country on Capitol Hill to shadow U.S. lawmakers.
Members of Congress will be paired with the youth, who are 18-22 years old, on Tuesdays morning. The former foster youth will attend hearings, meetings and witness floor votes.
They will also sit down with members of the Obama Administration at the White House in the afternoon.
The bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth hosts the day with the goal of getting foster youth to share their stories in person with lawmakers to discuss the best reform efforts. This is the second year the 104-member caucus has hosted shadow day.
The Florida lawmakers participating are: Vern Buchanan, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Patrick Murphy, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Frederica Wilson.