Hailey D’Elia is a Policy and Advocacy Fellow at the Center for Adoption Support and Education where she advocates for the mental health needs of the foster care and adoptive community and adoption competent therapy. Hailey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Sociology with a Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Social Justice and Social Change from Rowan University.

In 2020, she participated in Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s COVID-19 Pandemic Working Group and researched and wrote federal policy recommendations on bridging the digital divide with broadband and technology access for vulnerable youth and families. The following year, she participated in the Foster Youth Internship Program writing a congressional report on increasing mental health supports for youth aging out of foster care and interning for Senator Robert Menendez. Hailey’s first-hand experiences are a driving force behind her passion to reform the child welfare system.