Kathleen Strottman


From Interns to Influencers: Foster Youth Internship Program a Growing Force on Federal Policy

Tiffany Boyd, a former foster youth from Long Beach, Calif., had been interning in the office of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) all summer. But save a “Hello” here and a “Good morning” there, she hadn’t yet had occasion to speak with her summer employer, who sits on several committees and keeps a hectic travel schedule.


Clinton Emails Reference Foster Care

One can run all kinds of keywords through WikiLeak’s “Hillary Clinton Email Archive.” The words I chose were “foster care.” The 30,322 emails and attachments included in WikiLeak’s database yielded five results.


Clinton, Longtime Child Advocate, Includes Foster Youth in Democratic Convention

A supporter reflects on Hillary Clinton’s history of child welfare reform in light of the presidential hopeful’s inclusion of a former foster youth speaker in this week’s Democratic National Convention. Magazine mogul Malcom Forbes once said, “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those that can do nothing for him.”


When Investing in America’s Education System, Don’t Forget Foster Youth

Yesterday, the Washington Post, The Next Generation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation hosted the “Children and Families Summit 2013,” a convening of parents, policymakers, and experts unified in their belief that our nation not only can, but must, do better at investing – personally, privately and publicly – in the future of our children.


Roundtable Reveals Over-reliance on Child Welfare’s Permanency Exception

Youth Services Insider checked out a roundtable discussion yesterday, hosted by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.), where former foster youths and child welfare policy leaders agreed that limitations should be placed on Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA), a case-planning designation meant to serve as a rare exception to family reunification and adoption.