Hikma Sherka, CCF’s PAC Manager, featured in Seattle Times: Public health officials enlist youth to slow the rapid spread of COVID-19 among young people in Seattle.

Excerpt: “…“When you look at the data on how young people are being impacted by COVID, you can clearly see that something’s not working and we need to figure out different ways to reach them,” said Hikma Sherka, 23, a youth leader in Seattle’s Ethiopian community and a member of King County’s Children and Youth Advisory Board.”

Click here to read the full Seattle Times article by Sandi Doughton – featuring CCF’s phenomenal PAC Manager and community leader Hikma Sherka.

CCF Joined by National Pollsters Molly O’Rourke and H. Stuart Elway, Ph.D. and Washington State Consultant Sai Samineni for a Timely Conversation on the 2020 Political Landscape for Children

CCF hosted an insightful and timely conversation about the polls, priorities, and political landscape from federal races to our own state legislative races here in Washington. Held the night after the first Presidential debate, it was a lively discussion about the most pressing issues facing children and families and what we can learn from the polls. Moderated by CCF Co-Chair and former representative Ruth Kagi, we were thrilled to welcome special guests Molly O’Rourke (Partner at Hart Research in Washington, D.C.), Sai Samineni (Campaign Manager and South Sound Community Consultant), and H. Stuart Elway, Ph.D. (Owner, Elway Research, Inc.).

Missed the event? You can watch the recording below!

Excerpt featuring CCF Co-Chair & former Rep. Ruth Kagi from “Homeless and in Foster Care: Hundreds of Washington Youth Sleeping in Offices, Hotel Rooms and Even Cars” by Elizabeth Anon (published Oct. 1)

…In the meantime, those connected to the child welfare system agree that for a state agency that has removed children from their homes due to safety concerns and taken over custody rights, it is indefensible to then treat them as if they were homeless. Under federal definitions outlined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, people sleeping in cars are to be considered homeless because cars are “not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation.”

“The damage that youth are experiencing with these multiple stays and without a stable, consistent support system is just devastating,” said Ruth Kagi, a former state legislator who serves as co-chair of an oversight board monitoring the child welfare agency. Kagi described such slapdash housing in hotels and offices as “increasing the traumatization and the instability in children’s lives.”

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