The Role Of Youth In The Foster Care System

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Imagine your 18th birthday I bet most of you were excited you're an adult now you're ready to experience the world. Packing your bags for college. Something you have been preparing for a while now imagine what it is like for a foster child. Turning 18 is their worse nightmare. Could you imagine leaving your parents who you have spent your life with and never talking to them again?

I entered the foster care system at 11 years old. It was a rocky start from the beginning of entering the system. There are not too many places that will take a teenage foster kid to begin with, let alone one that was labeled or branded troubled. The options were limited to the group homes, Juvenile Detention Center, locked down treatment centers, or
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It is a program that connects foster care kids to other kids and adults, to educate and to inspire to become better members in society. Their goal is to make sure everyone who goes through the Foster care system has the tools and support to thrive. According to the Foster Club “In 2014, 22,392 youth emancipate* — or "age-out"— from the foster care system when they reached age 18 or finished high school. (Some states have extended care through the ages of 20 or 21.) Youth in foster care often do not get the help they need with high school completion, employment, accessing health care, continued educational opportunities, housing, and transitional living arrangements. Studies of youth who have left foster care have shown they are more likely than those in the general population to not finish high school, be unemployed, and be dependent on public assistance. Many find themselves in prison, homeless, or parents at an early age.” (Jim Casey youth Opportunities…show more content…
So the same money would be spent of the same resources. The policy needs to enforced at a state level. First I would form a partnership with Karen Moorehead she handles the training at the Main office in Salem Oregon for Department of Human Services for new policy changes, as well as Caseworkers who handle teens now like, Jennifer Holemen. I would contact the Foster Club and ask them to come to the meeting as well. Also some of the Foster parents who have kids aging out of the system who want to be apart of the movement. The next step of my plan to get my policy held at a state level would plan a meeting with Ombudsman which is where the Governor's Office is located for the Department of Human
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