Category Archives: Youth

Looking In The Mirror; Where Did We Go Wrong?

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Outraged, saddened, disappointed: these all describe my reaction to a news story I recently read. The headlines tipped me off that this was not going to leave me feeling optimistic about our society’s interest in caring for our most vulnerable. … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Switch Up

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For weeks now, media outlets have been abuzz with talk about the Super Bowl. Even people who are not fans of football will watch, if only for the billion dollar commercials or the half-time show. It’s a big deal, not … Continue reading

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Foster Care (Alumni) Anonymous

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We have known for some time that outcomes are not great for youth who age out of foster care. Several studiesĀ¹ conducted over the last decade or so have confirmed what most child welfare professionals have known for a while: … Continue reading

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101 Ways to Get Involved in Foster Care

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For lovers of lists who also have an interest in foster care, this is my “Ultimate List of Opportunities” to get involved in helping vulnerable children and families. They are separated by general categories but as you no doubt will … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: All Grown Up and Nowhere To Go

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Once a young person turns 18 and leaves the foster care system, they should be ready to do what other young adults do–go to college or get a job, right? The Chafee Foster Care Independence Program assists youth by providing … Continue reading

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Save A Childhood

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For a few years now, I’ve wanted to develop a better Lifebook for kids in foster care. In case you aren’t familiar with the term, a Lifebook is similar to a scrap-book–a book of pictures and momentos of childhood. When … Continue reading

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Editorial Response: Mandating College Visitation

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There is a bill proposed in Missouri that would require foster youth over 15 years of age receive a visit to a state college, university, or vocational school (LB 1267). This would be in addition to other support services provided, … Continue reading

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