Voices of Experience: Opening Hearts and Minds to the Needs of Children in Foster Care.
Published: May-June 2013
Fostering Families Today
Vol. 13, No. 2 , p. 54-55
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This article discusses the creation of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, federal initiatives to assist current and former foster youth, and challenges young people face in transitioning out of foster care. Challenges include overcoming the emotional transition from foster care, not having a support system in place prior to leaving foster care, a lack of information on the purpose of treatment regimens for the physical and mental health of youth, and the educational needs of youth.
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living skills; federal laws; education; policy formation