Dr. Alfred Perez
On October 10, 2019, Dr. Alfred G. Pérez, assistant professor of social work at Seattle University, facilitated a panel titled “Elevating Youth Voice” at the West Coast Congressional Listening Tour (comprised of members representing the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth). Dr. Pérez’s panel highlighted the persistent inequity and disparity in child welfare policies and practices from the perspective of those who experienced foster care and other public systems firsthand. U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis (IL 7th District), Chairman of the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee on the House Ways and Means Committee (which has jurisdiction to issues related to foster care) , is committed to bringing the ideas learned from Washington State to inform federal reform efforts to improve the U.S. foster care system. The University of Washington, Partners for Our Children, and Casey Family Programs sponsored the West Coast Congressional Listening Tour.