Articles related to: Foster Youth
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Foster care is a large, complex system. It is important to remember that individual lives and stories make up foster care. Please take a moment to hear Jazzlynn's story, one of the many Faces of Foster Care.
Jazzlynn, or "Jazzy" for short, is 15 years old. She's been in and out of foster care for the majority of her life. She doesn't remember all of the schools she's been to or the names of the
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“Oh, nothing going in my house, just the usual. I don’t need to take up everyone’s time,” she said. Her voice was upbeat.
As a Homefinder, it often surprises the families when I know about the goings on in their households.
“I think you’ve got something pretty big coming up…Aren’t you taking guardianship of Big C?”
“Oh, that…Yep, that is coming up. But it’s no big thing,” she deflects. Foster parents so often shy away
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For their whole lives, he’s been their hero. They looked to him when they were unsure of where to go next. They looked to him for reassurance. They looked to him to chart their course forward.
At the end of the summer, their hero will disappear. He’s ready to be a hero to more than his family. He will enter boot camp and take an oath to protect and serve his nation. For Brave R
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On Friday, she will get the keys to her first apartment.
She will have all of the same butterflies as every young adult who has taken this step. She will walk up the freshly shoveled path to the front stoop. She will turn the key in the lock for the first time, swing open the door, and step into independence.
She is nineteen. Most of her peers are still at home or in dorms for
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What if there was one more bed?
One more bed for a 14 year old would mean that Kayla could step down from a group care program where she’s completed her service plan. She has skills to manage her anxiety and a care team to support her. She could live with a family while her biological family regains its footing. She could feel a bit more like a regular kid.
One more bed for a