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.”