Your Views: Children need help after leaving foster care

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letter to the editor
Friday, March 17, 2017

Did you know that in 2015, there were more than 23,000 children who aged out of foster care? Many of those children are without a family, without any knowledge of how to survive in the real world and just told to pack their belongings and leave. Twenty percent of those children that have aged out will be homeless.

Where are the resources to help them adjust to the real world? Where is the help that they can receive to find a job or secondary education or what they can do next in their lives? They need to be prepared when they can no longer be in the foster system.

It is our job as society to help these children become responsible adults, and it is our job to guide them in the right path. Nonprofit organizations such as Foster Care to Success help youth prepare for aging out of the system. They have classes to teach youth about what responsibilities lay ahead. They also help with providing college funds, training and other support for the youth. Society needs more of these programs for youth aging out of foster care and needs to realize that these young people need guidance and our help.




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