• Volunteer program aims to point foster care alumni toward success Once you know Darryl Hinojos’ background, it’s hard to imagine that today he is studying at North Carolina Central University and playing football for the NCAA Division I school.  It’s not that — at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 255 pounds — the Kansas man isn’t qualified to play tight end. It’s just that after he got into his teen years, he wasn’t on a path toward college, mainly because he was dealing with anger issues, home displacement and a few scuffles with the law. But the former foster child, now 21, found a guardian angel in Raeann Rose, a social worker in the state foster care program who offered the support and advice that has ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2014, 8:50 AM by Steve Waggoner
  • The costs of doing nothing, versus the benefits of doing it right Aging out of Foster Care in America
    Posted Feb 28, 2014, 3:11 PM by Steve Waggoner
  • Aged-out foster youth finds a place to call home When teachers saw bruises on the 7-year-old’s neck they were quick to report it. The young boy spent the next 12 years in and out of foster care and occasionally at his uncle and grandmother’s homes. Now 19, Andrew Sterling has found a place to call his own. Having never lived on his own, he jumped at the chance to apply for a studio apartment at a new housing center for aged-out foster youth that opened in May in East Oakland. The transitional housing, known as Rising Oaks, is run through the Fred Finch Youth Center, which helps abused, neglected and abandoned children. Sterling, who was born and raised in Oakland, said once he submitted ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2014, 3:04 PM by Steve Waggoner
  • Aging Out of Foster Care Children aging out of foster care and becoming homeless is a growing epidemic that people need to take the time to understand. This video is both informative and it places the viewer in the shoes of the aged out foster child that becomes homeless.Please if this video helps in anyway leave comments! This is a REAL issue we are advocates for those that do not have a voice! Done at the University of Louisville 2010
    Posted Feb 28, 2014, 3:14 PM by Steve Waggoner
  • Her Story - Mynecia When she turned 17, Mynecia Taylor had mapped out her life. First, she would leave foster care early. It would free her to live life her way without the obstacles and rules that she felt were holding her back. Once out of foster care, she’d return to her unpredictable mother — it would be a challenge, but she’d make it work. She’d keep going to Roosevelt High, the fourth high school she’d attended since she went into foster care four years ago. She would keep working part-time jobs to save money. She would graduate Roosevelt. She would go to college. A year later, like an estimated 20 percent of kids who leave foster care at 18 ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2014, 3:05 PM by Steve Waggoner
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