If the youth is still in care and/or receiving services from DSS, the youth's DSS worker must also fill out the worker form. The Virginia Department of Social Services recognizes that we do better work with the input of those impacted by our policies. We need the voice of youth to make a difference in the way youth are served in the foster care system.
SPEAKOUT is for youth in foster care and alumni who are willing to provide input on foster care regulations, policy, guidance, and practice concerns, while also building advocacy and leadership skills.
The group will ideally consist of 15-20 foster youth from across the state. It is expected that the group will meet several times a year to discuss issues and share ideas with VDSS. During the first two meetings, participants will be making decisions about the structure and format of the group moving forward.
If you have any questions, please email Speakout@dss.virginia.gov or contact Chauncey Strong or Em Parente:
Chauncey Strong, MSWYouth Development SpecialistChauncey.firstname.lastname@example.org(804) 229-2211
Em ParenteFoster Care & Family Engagement Program ManagerEm.Parente@dss.virginia.gov(804) 726-7538