CYC engages current and former foster youth in policy advocacy to improve child welfare policy and practice. This work is done both at the local and statewide levels. Our county based chapters work on local issues, identifying what can be improved in child welfare in their county and proposing solutions to their local policy makers. Chapters also come together twice a year for our statewide conferences Day at the Capitol and the Summer Leadership and Policy Conference. At these conferences members identify both common challenges youth experience in care as well as good experiences to be replicated and develop policy recommendations that will improve foster care for all youth who enter the system. Based on the work of CYC members and their policy recommendations, dozens of child welfare laws have been enacted since CYC was founded in 1988. Often legislators and policy makers continue to advocate for the implementation of CYC recommendations years after the initial recommendations have been made.