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Congressman Valadao Participates in Foster Youth Shadow Day

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Washignton, May 23, 2018 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) participated in the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus annual Foster Youth Shadow Day.
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WASHINGTON - Today, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) participated in the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus annual Foster Youth Shadow Day.

Congressman David Valadao, who is a member of the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus, hosted Ms. Jessica Lopez-Jimenez of Mendota, California at the nation's capital. During the event, Jessica had the opportunity to get an in-depth look at Congress and the legislative process. In addition to attending a local television interview with Congressman Valadao, Jessica participated in policy meetings with the Congressman and his staff. Additionally, Congressman Valadao and Jessica discussed child welfare policy over lunch before taking a tour of the United States Capitol.

“I appreciate Jessica and all the others who have traveled to Washington to share their stories and help us improve the foster care system. Hearing her story is such an inspiration and our community is incredibly lucky to have individuals like her giving back,” Congressman Valadao stated.

Jessica said during her visit, “I am so thankful Congressman Valadao is involved in the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus and took the time to hear my story today. I want to take what I have learned back to the many organizations I am a part of to give them an insight on how the system works and what our elected officials can do to make change happen.”

Ms. Lopez-Jimenez entered into the foster care system at the age of fifteen and recently graduated from San Jose State University with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology. In the future, Jessica hopes to earn her Doctorate Degree and become a child therapist. Since leaving the foster care system, Jessica has become an advocate for foster youth as a result of having such influential social workers while she was in the system.

The Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day brought more than 100 foster youth from across the country to the nation’s capital and paired them with Members of Congress. Not only were participants able to learn more about the federal government, they had the opportunity to share their experiences in foster care directly with Members of Congress to inform and improve child welfare policy.

More information about the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth can be found here.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District of California, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.
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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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