U.S. Congressman Diane Black visits Youth Villages office in Cookeville
The Youth Villages office in Cookeville, Tennessee, recently received a visit from Congressman Diane Black.
Rep. Black represents Tennessee’s 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. In Congress, Rep. Black has been an advocate of child welfare issues and has recently co-sponsored legislation such as the Recovering Missing Children Act, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016 and the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016.
During her visit in Cookeville, Rep. Black was welcomed by Christiana, a participant in the YV Scholars program who had shadowed her earlier this year during Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day in Washington, D.C.Christiana presented Rep. Black with a framed letter of thanks for sponsoring the Family First Prevention Services Act, which passed the House in June.
Rep. Black also heard from Youth Villages employees and members of the organization’s leadership team in Cookeville, as well as from a family receiving Intercept in-home services and Sandra, a young lady receiving help from the YVLifeSet program.
Amanda Rivera, federal policy manager at Youth Villages, said she was excited to share the organization’s ideas for strengthening services helping young people throughout the country.
“The MDRC study gave us some information about what works in terms of supporting young adults aging out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems, so we want to begin using some of this to inform federal policy,” Rivera said.