Offering Help for Former Foster Care Youths

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  1. I aged out of foster care myself, and entered the adult world without a safety net. When I started college, I was 16 years old. I was intellectually ready for college, but emotionally unprepared for the real-world.

    I am now married, with two stepchildren. I have a wonderful husband, a graduate degree and a nice house. When I was 17 years old and homeless for two weeks, I did not know that there was hope in my future.

    Just this Friday, I attended a youth forum for foster care youth who were preparing to age out of care. It was encouraging that social work professionals were holding the forum — but discouraging that many of the same issues that I experienced have still not been resolved.

    To learn more about the suggestions that young people made during this forum, please see the January 27th entry on my blog: http://sunshinegirlonarainyday.blogspot.com/

    Thank you for caring about this issue,
    Lisa

  2. I aged out of foster care myself, and entered the adult world without a safety net. When I started college, I was 16 years old. I was intellectually ready for college, but emotionally unprepared for the real-world.

    I am now married, with two stepchildren. I have a wonderful husband, a graduate degree and a nice house. When I was 17 years old and homeless for two weeks, I did not know that there was hope in my future.

    Just this Friday, I attended a youth forum for foster care youth who were preparing to age out of care. It was encouraging that social work professionals were holding the forum — but discouraging that many of the same issues that I experienced have still not been resolved.

    To learn more about the suggestions that young people made during this forum, please see the January 27th entry on my blog: http://sunshinegirlonarainyday.blogspot.com/

    Thank you for caring about this issue,
    Lisa