Changing Labels: From Transitioning Youth to Transforming Families
Child Welfare Information Gateway National Foster Care Month: 2019
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Children's Bureau, 3rd Floor 330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Tel: 800.394.3366 703.385.7565
Shares the experiences of a transition-age youth formerly in foster care who lived in a new home and attended a new school every year through high school. The instability she went through made her determined to help prevent other children in foster care from going through the same thing. She began working as a community liaison for 3:11 Youth Housing, a nonprofit that provides safe, affordable housing to youth who have aged out of foster care in Kent County, Michigan. Her experiences in the child welfare system have helped her to develop and implement policies and procedures to engage youth in financial education, employment, and community support programs. This youth is proud to be doing her part to serve as an advocate for transition-age youth in care. This Real-Life Story was developed as part of National Foster Care Month 2019.
OUT OF HOME CARE; WELL BEING; RESILIENCE; FOSTER ADOLESCENTS; Independent living