Courtney Canova, Constituent Consultant
Recognized as an Outstanding Young Leader by Foster Club in 2019, Courtney Canova has utilized her unique lived experience in Washington State’s foster care to make a positive impact on the system she and her siblings were forced to navigate. She has spent time in employment roles as a Case Manager for Homeless Youth, Program Manager for a Behavioral Rehabilitation Treatment home and the Director of Community Engagement for the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County. In that role she worked in partnership with the Department of Children, Youth & Families’ Office of Youth Engagement and Casey Family Communities of Hope Initiative, to develop and implement a process for the clubs to identify and intentionally service youth in care across King County.
Continually Courtney’s passion remains with policy and advocacy work. Since 2011, she has served on a state department policy advisory board titled Passion to Action. In hopes to adopt and assist in the implementation of the Family First, she begun consulting on policy implementation and advocating for statewide prevention and reunification services. She does so in partnership with the Office of Public Defense, Court Improvement Training Academy, Coordinated Care, The Department of Children Youth and Families, CASA and various legislative coalitions – service providers.
Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for the MockingBird Society, where she represents the organization as a Tri-lead on the State Family, Youth, and System Partner Roundtable through the Washington State Health Care Authority and Division of Behavioral Health, she remains an active stakeholder advisor on the Washington State Parent Ally Committee, current member of the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council, former King County CSEC Task Force member and is a current graduate student at Gonzaga University.