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The Essential Voices and Experiences of Youth Formerly in Foster Care

The Children's Bureau prioritizes integrating the voices and experiences of youth and families involved with child welfare into every aspect of case planning and service improvement to help tailor services to their specific needs, empower youth to make decisions about their own lives, and expedite safe reunification, if that is part of the youth's case plan. Youth with lived experience in foster care can also be called upon to lend their voice to system reform aimed at preventing unnecessary removals and supporting safe and expeditious reunification or other means of permanency.

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