Rachel is the Child Welfare Policy Director. In this position she collaborates with the community to include impacted youth, service providers, and other child welfare advocates to develop strategies to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families involved in Maryland’s child welfare system.
Description of Wins: During the 2018 legislative session, Rachel successfully advocated for an expansion of the tuition waiver for foster youth and unaccompanied homeless youth which allows them 10 years to obtain their college/vocational degree tuition-free as opposed to five years, the creation of a Foster Youth Bill of Rights, and the creation of a state grant program to end youth homelessness in Maryland.
During the 2019 legislative session, Rachel was appointed to the General Assembly’s Workgroup to Study Shelter and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth with the intent of establishing legal capacity for homeless minors to consent to shelter. Rachel also successfully opposed legislation that would raise the age in which consent from a child would be required to move forward with an adoption permanency plan.
Topics Currently Covered: Rachel covers the following issues: Racial Equity, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Youth Homelessness, College Access for Youth in Foster Care and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, Maryland Tuition Waiver, Family First Prevention Services Act, Funding of the Ending Youth Homelessness Act, Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, LGBTQ+ youth in foster care, Transition-Aged Youth, Foster Youth Engagement
Coalitions: Coalition to Protect Maryland’s Children (CPMC), Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative (BHYI), Youth Equality Alliance (YEA), Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC), Children’s Behavioral Health Coalition (CBHC)
Education: Rachel graduated from Wake Forrest University Law School, and obtained a BSW from Winston-Salem State University
Preferred way of contact: Email or call office