Foster Youth Rub Shoulders With Lawmakers, Bring Change
Michael Rogalski spent five years living in foster care. Rep. Karen Bass has been trying to improve the system longer than he has been alive.
So when Rogalski, 27, arrived at Bass’s office Wednesday morning — among more than 100 former foster youth to shadow members of Congress that day — he told her he just wanted to watch and learn.
“I just want to observe you,” he said, adding that he didn’t think he could tell her anything she didn’t already know.
The California Democrat had a ready answer.
“That is absolutely not true,” Bass told him and the two …