Ryan Young (he/him/his) resides in Phoenix, Arizona is a child welfare consultant, writer, and mentor with lived experiences from Arizona’s foster care system and as an adoptee from his birth country of Ukraine.
Ryan has devoted himself to public service, advocacy, and consultation in reforming the domestic child welfare, education and public housing systems through local, state, and national efforts.
Mr. Young previously co-founded and served as Vice President and President of the Arizona Department of Child Safety’s (DCS) Youth Empowerment Council. Ryan is a Federal NYTD Reviewer with JBS International, a Young Adult Consultant with the Capacity Building Center for States on assignment with the U.S. Children’s Bureau, a Speakers Bureau Spokesperson with AdoptUSKids, a Commissioner on the City of Phoenix Youth and Education Commission, and a Lived Expert Consultant for the Thriving Families, Safer Children Initiative. In 2022, Governor Ducey appointed him to serve on the Governor’s Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment and was selected to serve on the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council. He also joins the Quality Improvement Center on Engaging Youth in Finding Permanency (QIC-EY) with the National Youth Engagement Advisory Council and the Children’s Action Alliance’s Fostering Advocates Arizona, Young Adult Leadership Board.
Additionally, Mr. Young serves as a Peer Mentor at Arizona’s Children Association mentoring young people currently experiencing foster care in Arizona since 2020. Ryan is graduating with an Associate’s degree in Political Science at Phoenix College in December 2023. He plans to continue his studies at Arizona State University to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Public Service and Public Policy with a concentration in Social Service Delivery. He is a proud alumnus of the 2022 Foster Youth Internship Program® with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. In 2023, he was named one of NACAC’s Transformative Leaders of the Year, and previously received the 2022 ASU Champion for Child Well-Being Award, FosterClub’s 2022 Outstanding Young Leader Award, and most notably, the 2021 CCAl Angels in Adoption® Award. He loves to travel, spend time with chosen family and friends, and rollerskate in his free time.