Rep. Kildee welcomes former Saginaw foster youth to Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - It is National Foster Care Month and lawmakers in Washington are showing their support. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) welcomed a former foster youth in Washington Wednesday, showing her the ropes in Congress.

Whitney Snow says being able to have a dialogue with her representative is helpful in solving issues for foster youth.

“Not only is it helping me to talk to him about things, but I think it helps him as well,” said Whitney Snow.

The Saginaw native joined Kildee in Washington for Foster Youth Shadow Day.

“It’s kind of nice to know that he’s interested in who I am and what I’ve been through,” said Snow.

Snow was in the Saginaw foster care system throughout her childhood, and now she helps foster youth. She says foster programs are on the right path, but Congress can still help.

“We can come in and talk to officials like Representative Kildee and talk to them about things that are happening on the front lines,” said Snow.

Kildee says Foster Youth Shadow Day helps lawmakers stay on track in helping foster children.

“It’s important that we see real people, not just think about foster youth as a category of young people who have had particular challenges that they’ve had to face,” said Kildee.

He says hearing Whitney’s story highlighted that there is a path for everybody. As a leader for Michigan, he says he understands he needs to help create that path.

“We have a responsibility to make sure that we provide whatever support we can to make sure that the opportunities that she had are available to more young people that have those road bumps or speed bumps in the way to their path to success,” said Kildee.

As Whitney returns to Saginaw Thursday, she says she feels like Rep. Kildee has her back.